NBA Draft 2017 Prospect Watch: Harry Giles

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What The Experts Say

(as of 4/4/17)

Draft Express (Jonathan Givony): 24th

ESPN (Chad Ford): 14th

CBS (Howard Megdal): 32nd

Sporting News (Sam Vecenie): 19th

The Step Back (Trevor Magnotti): 25th


Daniel O’Brien of FanRag Sports believes there’s still a path to Giles realizing his NBA potential — even as a lesser version of himself — but he’d need the right guidance in order to deliver.

"“With the right coaching and durable knees, Giles might be a solid combo-big defender at his peak. He could guard both 4’s and 5’s, switch onto guards in pick-and-rolls and also spend time checking wings. For now, he’s still a sizable question mark on defense and needs significant grooming.”"

Chad Ford of ESPN has little doubt over Giles’ talent, but has concerns over whether the severity and regularity of his previous injuries will prove to be too much for most NBA teams to stomach.

"“Based on sheer talent, Giles is one of the two or three best prospects in the draft. But his injury history is daunting. If his knees check out at the combine, NBA scouts believe he’ll likely go in the late lottery. If there are bigger or long-term injury concerns, he could slide into the late first round.”"

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