Harry Giles has nearly everything you’d want in a No. 1 pick – size, athleticism, skill, motor – except healthy knees.
The Duke freshmen power forward underwent knee surgery, which is expected to sideline him six weeks. He also tore both ACLs in high school, making this his third knee surgery in three years.
Even if Giles returns completely healthy in six weeks and plays well throughout the season, there will still be major questions about his knees. Teams will be reluctant to draft a player whose body is already showing signs of breaking down. And it’s no guarantee Giles immediately clicks on the court as soon as he returns this year.
He has his work cut out for him, but he remains an intriguing 2017 draft prospect.
Finally, here’s the joke you saw coming: He’d be perfect for the 76ers.