Sacramento Kings rookie forward Harry Giles won't participate in an National Basketball Association game this season. Sacramento spent the 20th overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft on the 19-year-old, after a full medical review of his previous knee issues.
However, the team says that rather than playing this season, Giles he will continue his rehabilitation, and is expected to play in 2018 Summer League. However, rather than rush him back on to the court, Sacramento has made a decision to take it slow with the 19-year-old, keeping him out for the entire season and preparing him for the offseason program and Las Vegas Summer League.
The tests show Giles is an elite athlete. So, the team is also being cautious by putting him on the roster prematurely. He then tore the same ligament in his right knee in 2015 during the opening game of his senior season at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Earlier this month, the team sent Giles, along with assistant general manager Brandon Williams, to P3 for biometrical and neuromuscular evaluations.
Giles averaged 11.5 minutes in 26 games (six starts) as a freshman at Duke. With that knowledge, the Kings will increase his workload as they look to improve his overall strength.
Williams, who accompanied Giles to P3 in Santa Barbara, has experienced high profile rookies suffer injuries with the likes of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jahlil Okafor with the Sixers.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac believes Giles will have a better career than even he experienced in the National Basketball Association. After all, they are 13-31 in the season - the 15th seed in the West.
Giles takes solace in seeing that light at the end of the tunnel, shining brighter than ever thanks to a date that he has circled on his calendar - when he'll be able to face difference opposition from another team for the first time during July's Summer League.