For the Charlotte Hornets’ pick at No. 11, I like a player who a season ago was regarded more highly than Lonzo Ball. He is Harry Giles. Despite his lofty pedigree – ESPN considered him the top player in his high school class – Giles averaged only 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds for Duke last season.
He tore his knee. He does this. He’s suffered a torn ACL and MCL in one knee, and a torn ACL in the other. When he returned from the injury, Duke’s rotation was set. He became a helper, a reserve who barely played enough to letter.
Yet he is 6-10 and athletic, runs well and does not get pushed around. He has moves and strength and does all the things that a modern big man is asked to do.
If Giles stays healthy, he won’t contribute to the Hornets. He’ll star for them.
Keep in mind that this is the state in which Panthers’ linebacker Thomas Davis three times tore the same knee. When he was finished getting injured, he moved like he was straight out of college, and still does.
Charlotte’s big men tend to be sturdy folks who come out of the Big Ten. If the team doesn’t succeed next season, wholesale changes will be made to managment. Anybody the Hornets pick will, when they draft, be a gamble.
Why not gamble big?