Theo Maledon Rumors

Holding lottery odds that likely will yield a top-5 pick in the NBA draft, the Warriors are doing their due diligence on all of 2020’s best prospects. With the Warriors not having a playoff run in store for the first time in Steve Kerr’s tenure, the head coach was scheduled to travel to Europe to scout first-round talents Killian Hayes and Theo Maledon, according to The Athletic’s Ethan Strauss on the “Light Years” podcast.
He scored in double figures in two of his last three games, although the pre-draft process and late-season European scouting from NBA scouts probably would have helped him, as it could have allowed him to be seen further away from the injury and potentially in a situation away from ASVEL. Particularly in the case of ASVEL, their scheme is pretty restrictive and doesn’t allow for a ton of improvisation. Nonetheless, I’d bet he’s a first-round pick. His tools are intriguing, he can knock down shots — he’s hit 36.1 percent of his 3s and 81.8 percent of his free throws in the last two years as a pro — and the character reports are sterling from overseas scouts.
The people who know him describe Maledon as an 18-year-old who acts more like he’s 24, a poised, hungry and intense worker. Those characteristics are helping him navigate a pivotal moment in his career. He is a key piece of a team playing in the regular season of the EuroLeague, the continent’s top club competition, for the first time in a decade. He is also a projected first-round pick in the NBA Draft, and in a year where analysts sense an ever-changing draft landscape, Maledon is the type of prospect who could catch fire at the right time and climb high up the lottery. He is doing all of this as Tony Parker’s protégé in a country that absolutely loves Tony Parker. This is why he attracts so much attention from opponents, reporters, scouts and spectators alike. And it’s also why Maledon doesn’t spend much time talking — there is so much work ahead.
Any rising French point guard who climbs through the ranks does so in Parker’s shadow. Fair or not, that prospect will always be compared to the four-time NBA champion. He removes any chance of caveats with those comparisons if he grew up in the city Parker considers home — Rouen, about 35 miles from the English Channel — attended Parker’s camps as a kid and now plays for Parker’s club. Maledon is OK with all that. “He is a legend,” Maledon says. “He gave a lot of hopes to young players to believe in their dream and try to achieve it.”
Maledon is a few inches taller than Parker, but he possesses a similarly skinny frame, at 195 pounds. He loves the runner, or teardrop, the shot Parker perfected and made synonymous with his name in the NBA. He also uses the spin move like Parker. “He reminds me of a young Tony — really,” says Charlotte wing Nicolas Batum, a 31-year-old Frenchman who has played with both. “Theo is really under control, which is not easy for an 18-year-old. He is never in a rush.”
ProTalent Agency Founder and President Maurizio Balducci passed away, as his agency announced Monday. Balducci was found dead in his apartment in the hometown Perugia due to heart attack. Balducci was the agent, between others, of Sarunas Jasikevicius, Theo Maledon and Deni Avdija over his long career.