One to Watch: Harry Giles – Beckett Pricing Insider
For a player who did not see a minute of action last season, Harry Giles has received a lot of attention this summer. Indeed, Giles speculation has run rampant this off-season as his improved health and vast potential have Sacramento Kings fans and card collectors excited about the upcoming season.
Despite suffering serious knee injuries in 2013 and 2015, Giles was ranked the top-ranked prep player of 2016, a talented class that included Jayson Tatum, Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson. Continued knee problems limited Giles to only 300 minutes of action in an uneventful, one-and-done season at Duke. Sacramento selected him with the 20th pick in the 2017 NBA draft, seeing Giles as a possible steal if only he could return to full health.
After a solid Summer League showing, Giles seems fully recovered and poised for a breakout season. Teammates Willie Cauley-Stein and Marvin Bagley, as well as some NBA pundits, believe Giles will challenge for the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Collectors banking on Giles making a big impact and increased market activity has led to a boost in his card prices with sales for his autographs and 2017-18 Panini Prizm parallels being particularly strong. Also of note, a BGS 9.5 2017-18 National Treasures Giles RC recently sold for an impressive $1600.
The Kings may struggle this season, but Giles and some talented Sacramento youth are worth keeping an eye on.