Giles played a season-high 20 minutes and finished with 10 points (5-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt), eight rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks in Sunday's 133-112 loss to the Jazz.
With starting center Willie Cauley-Stein struggling to make an impact against the Jazz's Rudy Gobert, Giles was pressed into extended minutes down low and made the most of the opportunity. The rebound, assist, steal and block totals all matched or surpassed career highs for the 20-year-old, who was sidelined for the entire 2017-18 campaign while rehabbing his knee. Giles' playing time and performance will likely vary wildly night to night, but outings like this illustrate why many recruiting services viewed him as the top high school prospect in the Class of 2016.
Giles has been recalled from the G League, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Giles quickly fell out of the Kings' rotation to begin the season, and he made his G League debut over the weekend, putting up 30 points, four rebounds and two assists in Sunday's loss to the Agua Caliente Clippers. Giles could still work his way into a consistent role with the Kings at some point this season, but thus far his season is off to a relatively disappointing start.
Giles played only two minutes in Saturday's loss to the Lakers, and he's already racked up four DNP-CDs on the season. The 2017 first-round pick was expected to be a contributor for the rebuilding Kings, and while that could still be the case later in the season, he'll be in a bit of a holding pattern for the time being. Giles took the assignment to Stockton in stride, though he noted after Saturday's game that it's not where he expected he'd be at this point in the season. "I'm not going to say I thought it was something that was going to happen," Giles said.
Giles' productive preseason continued Thursday, as he posted his fifth double-digit scoring effort in as many exhibitions and shot well over 50.0 percent for the second straight game. The 2017 first-round pick didn't play a single minute during his rookie season as he recovered from a knee injury, but he enjoyed an impressive summer league stint before hitting the ground running in training camp. Although the Kings currently sport a crowded power forward depth chart that includes Nemanja Bjelica and 2018 second overall pick Marvin Bagley, Giles is making a formidable case for minutes as well this fall.
The 2017 first-round pick continues to impress this preseason, with Friday's effort marking his third straight double-digit scoring effort to open the exhibition slate. Giles has seen at least 20 minutes in each contest thus far, taking advantage of the absence of offseason addition Nemanja Bjelica (knee). Looking ahead to the regular season, Bjelica may be first in line for minutes behind second overall pick Marvin Bagley. However, Giles could certainly force the issue if he can continue churning out performances of similar caliber, despite being part of a deep power forward depth chart that also includes veteran Zach Randolph and Skal Labissiere.
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