Dallas Mavericks: Theo Maledon 2020 NBA Draft profile

2020 NBA Draft Theo Maledon (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks, Theo Maledon
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Dallas Mavericks 2020 NBA Draft: Theo Maledon strengths

Pick and rolls are one of the most used offensive sets in the NBA, but no team ran more this season than the Mavs. Maledon’s patience with the ball and ability to make the right pass off the pick roll will excite scouts. He excelled attacking drop coverage. Maledon can lay it off to the big man for an easy two or step back and making a skip pass to the opposite corner. Overall his basketball IQ and potential to quarterback an NBA offense are his biggest strengths.

Maledon’s being 6’4 is a massive reason why he is able to make the passes. Dallas Mavericks fans see Luka Doncic making plays over defenders every game. Maledon is not Luka, but his height will allow him to make passes smaller point guards cannot.

When Maledon decided to turn the corner and attack the rim, he finished at a high level. In the EuroLeague, he shot 51.3 percent on two-point attempts and 49.0 percent in the French Pro League. Additionally, The Stepien’s shot chart reveals that Maledon connected on 62% around the basket.

Maledon will also benefit from having Tony Parker as his mentor. The former Spurs legend owns the french team that the 19-year-old played for, and that is a massive plus as he makes the jump to the NBA. Parker can teach him a lot about winning which cannot be overlooked.

Teams with the patience to let Maledon develop and reach his ceiling will be most likely to draft him in November. The Dallas Mavericks could be in the mix.

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