Theo Maledon's Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Thunder Roster

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2020

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The Oklahoma City Thunder selected French point guard Theo Maledon with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft on Wednesday.

The Thunder received the pick, along with Al Horford and a 2025 first-round pick, from the Philadelphia 76ers for Danny Green earlier the same day.


Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Player: Theo Maledon

Position: PG/SG

Height: 6'5"

Weight: 198

Pro Comparison: Shake Milton

Scouting Report: This marked Theo Maledon's second season playing against quality international pros before turning 20 years old. He's experienced overseas, having earned roles for his poise, ball-screen play and shooting versatility. Maledon has a chance to be a rotation NBA guard if he can use his skill, changes of speed and IQ to overcome athletic limitations.


Here is a look at the Thunder's roster following this move:

Thunder Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

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Theo Maledon, PG/SG: Rookie scale contract (2024)

Al Horford, C: $27.3M (2023)

Steven Adams, C: $25M (2021)

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF: $15M (2021)

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, PG: $3.8M (2022)

Terrance Ferguson, SG: $2.6M (2021)

Darius Bazley, SF: $2.3M (2023)

Luguentz Dort, SG: $1.3M (2023)

Mike Muscala, PF: $2.2M (2021)

Ty Jerome, PG: $2.2M (2023)

Isaiah Roby, PF: $1.6M (2023)

Jalen Lecque, PG: $1.4M (2023)

Hamidou Diallo, SG: $1.3M (2021)

Aleksej Pokusevski, PF/C: Rookie scale contract (2024)


Free Agents

Abdel Nader, SF: Team option

Andre Roberson, SG: UFA

Danilo Gallinari, SF: UFA

Deonte Burton, SF: UFA

Hamidou Diallo, SG: Team option

Kevin Hervey, SF: RFA

Mike Muscala, PF: Player option

Nerlens Noel, C: UFA

Devon Hall, SG: UFA


The 19-year-old was largely pegged as a borderline lottery pick, with his combination of size and promise as a shooter off the dribble making him a potential NBA starter.

Experience is the biggest question mark with Maledon, who has a relatively limited amount of game time overseas. He made his EuroLeague debut last season and flashed some talent but averaged only 17.7 minutes per game and was overmatched at times from a physical standpoint.

That said, his time in EuroLeague gives him a leg up on nearly every other prospect in terms of elite competition faced. His competition was higher than that of LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton, who spent last season in the NBL in Australia rather than attending college.

"Before COVID-19 stopped basketball, I was looking forward to finishing the EuroLeague season and hopefully winning the LNB Championship," Maledon told ESPN's Jonathan Givony. "Normally, the championship would have run until the second week of June, so I would not have much time to train in the U.S. before the draft. Now the landscape has changed but I have to wait like everyone else to see when and what we are able to do."

Maledon will probably need some developmental time and may spend most of next season in the G League. However, he's one of the youngest players in this class and has a strong enough skill set that he can afford to be brought along slowly.