Theo Maledon just declared for the 2020 NBA draft and is seen by many as the best international guard prospect in this year’s draft.
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about the international sensation prior to this year’s NBA draft.
Maledon is a 6’5 Point Guard who played this past season in the most competitive league in Europe, none other than the Euro League. Maledon has been playing at the highest level since he was 16 years old. Maledon still at only 18 years old is one of the youngest prospects in this year’s draft.
Theo Maledon is currently slated to go anywhere in the mid to late lottery but could slide up draft boards closer to draft night due to his age (18) and unbelievable stature at the Guard spot (6’5)
Maledon started off in the LNB pro A league in 2018-19 where he put up some impressive numbers in very limited playing time. Maledon was given only 17.8 minutes per game due to being a 17 year old in a grown man’s league however, he made the most out of his time on the floor averaging 7.4 points per game, 2.2 assists per game, and 0.9 steals per game.
Maledon played the past 2019-20 season in the Euro League, the league we saw now NBA superstar Luka Doncic dominate just a couple of years ago. Maledon did not disappoint however, once again he was only handed 17.7 minutes per game. Once again, Maledon made the best out of what he was given and averaged 7.4 points per game, 3.1 assists per game, and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Maledon has put on a great display of scoring the basketball, but the part of his game that has really caught scouts attention is his passing and playmaking ability.
Maledon has great court vision especially for such a young kid. He’s seen as someone who could be a potential floor general in the NBA. Maledon has also received praise for his ability to find fifferent ways to the basket and use his frame to get buckets at the rim.
Maledon has received many of comparisons to Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander due to size, ability to get in the lane, and ability to play both guard spots when needed.
Maledon has also showed the ability to guard both the one and two due to his lanky frame, long wingspan, and lateral quickness.