Before he’s played a minute of NBA action, Kings rookie big man Harry Giles is drawing a lofty comparison.
During a conversation on the Kings Insider Podcast, Sacramento’s director of player personnel, Peja Stojakovic, said that Giles reminded him of one of his former teammates.
"Chris Webber,” Stojakovic said when asked who Giles resembled on the court. “Because, big hands, great feel for the game, great passer, willing passer, great athlete. At that age, it's very rare."
Listed at 6-foot-10, 232 pounds, Giles has a similar frame as Webber and the rookie has heard the comparison before.
“I could have picked that one,” Giles told NBC Sports California when asked who Stojakovic might have compared him to. “I like that. It’s a huge honor for me. That’s something I’ve been kind of hearing since high school. The older I got, the more film I watched and I can kind of see what people are talking about now. It’s crazy I happen to be on the Kings now.”
Like Webber, Giles was considered one of the top high school basketball products in the country, but a series of knee injuries hurt his value during the draft. Sacramento was more than happy to scoop up the Duke University product with the 20th overall selection.
With plenty of depth in the post, the Kings will take it slow with Giles, perhaps even starting him off in Reno once the regular season rolls around. At just 19-years of age, he’s missed nearly two full years of court time due to injury. He’ll need time to make sure his body is 100 percent, but also plenty of seasoning before eating rotation minutes.
It's a lofty comparison, but if Giles can stay healthy, he has a chance to an absolute steal for Sacramento.