OKC Thunder: NBA Draft big board 2.0 – Top 30 prospects

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Theo Maledon of Asvel Villeurbanne OKC Thunder (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images) /

Theo Maledon, G, France, 6’4, 175 pounds, 18 years old

Theo Maledon is a prospect that is wise beyond his years. At just 18 years old he has a high basketball IQ. I love his upside and think any team that lands Maledon, while they have a project on their hands, it is one that will pay off.

For an 18-year-old, Maledon commands the game with his incredible passing and ability to dictate the pace and flow. While he will not break down the defense off the dribble like a Kyrie Irving, his handles are adequate.

He has the size and length to be an above-average defender, but there are concerns about his ability to switch to non-point guards. I expect that to be the only position Maledon can handle.

While he only averaged seven points per game as well as two assists, he can get his shot off with the ball in his hands, or during catch and shoot situations, though I expect him to spend most of the time on the floor with the ball in his hands.

He does lack the ability to drive, despite having the size, he lacks perimeter moves that can get him to the basket which limits his offensive game.

There are still a ton of questions about his defense, he lacks fundamentals that are vital to not only stay with defenders but Maledon cannot stay on the ground. He easily gets lost on pump fakes, and pass fakes.