(Photo from Mike Schmitz twitter)
Theo Maledon plays overseas in France in the LNB Pro A EuroLeague. Since 2017 Maledon has been playing with high competition in a talent reach league. Throughout his young career he has become the youngest all star in LNB history and has broken records that Tony Parker has set. He plays well beyond his years on the court with great control and court vision at the point guard position. During the course of a game Maledon has the ability to slow the pace of play with his ball movement and high basketball IQ. It is obvious that the game comes naturally to him and with his exposure to heavy competition at such a early age it is clear the Maledon is in prime position to make an immediate impact in the NBA. Look for him to come off the draft board early, most likely in the top ten.
France has been known to produce quality NBA talent. The most notable player to come from the French league is Tony Parker. It is clear that this leads to the many comparisons of Maledon to Parker. These are very high expectations to live up to and Theo most certainly has all the skills to reach that ceiling but it will take him time to develop in the NBA. His style of play is similar to Parker’s especially at his young age and he has broken many of the records Parker set in the French League years ago. With that being said Maledon is nowhere near the level of a prime Tony Parker, but Maledon’s game is eerily similar to current OKC guard Shai Gilgous Alexander. They both possess great length and height at the guard position. SGA is still a very young guard in the league but has shown flashes of great potential with his ability to shoot from all levels and control the floor just like Maledon. With a prototype for Theo already in the league it is clear that he will be able to thrive with his specific skills sets if he continues to develop his game at the next level.