(First posted at RealGM)
Maledon is coming off his first full year as a pro, logging 1,070 minutes in the French Jeep Elite (France’s first division), the French Cup and the Eurocup for Tony Parker’s club, which won the Jeep Elite last season with the teenager acting as a caretaker point-guard and floor-spacer off the bench – taking almost 44% of his live-ball attempts from three-point range and assisting on just 19.1% of ASVEL’s scores when he was in the game.
That said, among the players introduced in this post, he profiles as the closest to a floor general type, as the Frenchman has already developed a knack for controlling the pace of the game – mixing in systematic half-court offense with some transition pushes, which is not all that common to see in Europe.
Maledon is already an advanced operator in pick-and-roll – showing good feel for using re-screens and patience playing with pace while waiting for slower-developing driving lanes to materialize. He is a good passer off dribble penetration as well – hitting the roll man on well-timed pocket passes, tossing up lobs on the move and engaging the big defender prior to dropping off.
Maledon hasn’t shown particularly impressive quickness to turn the corner on pure speed but knows how to manipulate the on-ball defender into the pick and has a nifty hesitation move to get by his man when that defender manages to get skinny through the ball-screen.
He is a rim level finisher in the half-court but has shown a good deal of flexibility to adjust his body in the air on double clutch finishes around rim protectors. Maledon has also flashed a resourceful finishing package, featuring lefty finger-roll finishes off a euro-step to maneuver his way through traffic and wrong foot-wrong hand layups to neutralize shot blocking threats.
Most of his value as a first-year pro came out of his outside shooting, though. Through nailing 38.6% of his 127 three-point shots last season, at a pace of 4.7 such attempts per 40 minutes, Maledon has shown to be a legit threat on spot-ups. He catches it on the hop and has a quick trigger, going through compact mechanics while launching the ball from out in front. In impressive fashion, he’s even flashed the ability to make shots without needing to bring the ball down to dip for rhythm.
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