Dallas Mavericks draft: 5 options for 18 overall pick

Tyler Watts
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Dallas Mavericks draft option for 18 overall pick: 3. Theo Maledon

Maledon has seen his stock slip this year. He was viewed by many as a top ten pick coming in. The 19-year-old guard plays for ASVEL in France. He filled a solid role in the EuroLeague and two other competitions. Maledon averaged 7.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 17.3 minutes per game over 46 games. Injuries limited him this season and caused his draft stock to fall.

Maledon has plenty of professional experience. He played his first game in 2016 as a 15-year-old. Adding in his 22 EuroLeague games this season makes Maledon one of the most experienced players in this class.

He is a 6’4 guard with plus length. Maledon profiles as a strong ball-handler and playmaker with defensive upside. He is not the quickest player, but his basketball IQ should earn him minutes immediately.

Maledon is comfortable playing on or off the ball. He is a 36.0 percent 3-point shooter over 598 professional attempts. The Mavericks could use him next to Luka Doncic as a secondary creator and on-ball defender. He provides plenty of upside with the ability to play minutes right away. Theo Maledon would give the Mavs another international talent to build around too.

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