The Miami Heat narrowly missed the NBA Playoffs in 2017, finishing in a tie for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with the Chicago Bulls. They would go on to lose the tiebreaker with the Bulls and now will have to look towards the future. The NBA Draft is right around the corner and it’s time to talk about players that the Heat might be targeting with the likely No. 14 selection in the first round. Harry Giles would fit the Heat’s mold and has the potential to be an impact player in the NBA.
Giles was the No. 1 recruit in the country, according to ESPN.com, last season. Due to some injuries, Giles did not have an ideal season with the Duke Blue Devils, causing his draft stock to drop and open up an opportunity for a team to steal him in the draft. That team should be the Heat.
The Heat are in desperate need of an impact power forward to pair with Hassan Whiteside. Giles would take pressure off of Whiteside and be able to bring instant impact to the Heat, both on the offensive and defensive end.
Unfortunately, the sample size for Giles at Duke was very slim. He played only 300 minutes, after he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, delaying the start of his freshman campaign. In the small amount of minutes, Giles averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.
Another scary aspect of Giles game is his ability to get hurt very often. Giles has torn his ACL twice since 2013, including a tear in his ACL/MCL and meniscus in 2015. If Giles can stay healthy, he will be one of the best players to come out of this year’s draft.
Coming out of high school, Giles was projected to be a top-five pick in the NBA Draft, before the surgery that hindered his freshman campaign. While he was an unstoppable force in high school and showed bright spots at Duke, Giles can be a huge risk for any of the teams that might want to draft him.
At the end of the day, Giles is a great fit for the Heat. They can not go into the 2017-2018 season with Luke Babbitt as their starting power froward. Giles will have to impress in the NBA Combine to increase his draft stock. According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, Giles is the 14th ranked prospect in the draft. Oddly enough, the Heat have the 14th pick in the draft. Coincidence? I think not. Look for the Heat to possibly draft Giles with their first round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.