Kings’ Giles likely to experience G-League ups and downs

Kings big man Harry Giles went down to the G-League over the weekend and shined.

When the G-League, formally the D-League, was introduced to the NBA in 2001, it was seen as basketball’s version of the minor league. It has developed into a minor league of sorts, where teams can “assign” a player to the G-League with the right to recall them at any time to the parent or affiliated NBA team.

The Sacramento Kings have taken full advantage of that right in the past few seasons while they have harvested one of the youngest rosters in the NBA and they continued to do so as they recalled Harry Giles from the G-League after sending him to the Stockton Kings on Saturday.

With the Kings having a better-than-expected start, playing minutes for Giles have been hard to come by. Once the top high school prospect, Giles is averaging 9.7 minutes a game in nine appearances for the Kings. After finding out he had been sent down, Giles didn’t look too much into what it meant for his future.

“I’m just going to play basketball,” Giles said after the Kings’ 101-86 loss to the Lakers on Friday, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic. “It’s another step I’ve got to take in my journey to where I am trying to get.”

Giles took full advantage of the minutes he was given in Stockton as the 20-year-old rookie scored 30 points in 23 minutes of action, including two baskets from 3-point range during their contest on Sunday.

The recall of Giles most likely has little to nothing to do with his performance on Sunday, although a lackluster performance wouldn’t have warranted a call-up so soon.

In reality, the Kings are facing the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, a team that could easily overpower the Kings from the tipoff and run away with the game early. If that is the case, Giles might get some minutes on the NBA hardwood, which is the most likely reason for the call-up.

Unless Giles needed one stint in the G-League to awaken a superstar, expect a season full of assignments and recalls for the rookie.