Duke basketball: 7 former Blue Devils get the boot

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Los Angeles Clippers waive former Duke basketball one-and-done Harry Giles

Perhaps the most disappointing story on this list is that of Harry Giles. Early on in his prep career, the five-star ranked No. 1 in his class. However, knee injuries thwarted his development and appeared to diminish his bounce. The one-and-done collegian wound up averaging only 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds for the 2016-17 Duke basketball team.

Despite those low numbers as a Blue Devil, Giles went No. 20 overall at the NBA Draft to the Portland Trail Blazers; he was part of a draft-night trade to the Sacramento Kings. Then the 6-foot-10, 240-pound power forward averaged a relatively encouraging 7.0 points and 3.9 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game across two seasons with the Kings.

Unfortunately, Giles saw his playing time dip as a member of the Trail Blazers last season after signing as a free agent. He appeared in only about half of their games, averaging 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

Although Giles seemed to have a shot at carving out a role for the Los Angeles Clippers this upcoming season after inking an Exhibit 10 deal with them for the preseason, the franchise announced on Sunday that the 23-year-old would not make its final roster.