Regular season stats for Theo Maledon's basketball career
|17-18||FRA-1 U21||ASVEL U21||32||33.0||41.3||34.5||78.8||0.6||3.8||4.5||5.1||1.6||0.1||16.1||15.0|
International Competitions stats for Theo Maledon's basketball career
|16-17||Euro U16||U16 France||7||24.4||38.0||41.4||75.0||0.4||3.6||4.0||2.4||2.1||0.0||8.4||9.4|
|17-18||Euro U16||U16 France||7||26.9||42.7||33.3||84.8||1.0||4.1||5.1||3.1||2.6||0.1||14.6||15.4|
|18-19||U17 World Cup||U17 France||7||26.6||38.5||18.2||77.4||0.9||5.3||6.1||4.1||1.1||0.6||11.1||13.0|
Basketball stats glossary
|DAY: Competition round
G: Games played
MIN: Minutes played
|2M-2A: 2 points field goals made-attempted
3M-3A: 3 points field goals made-attempted
FG%: Field goal percentage
3%: 3 point field goal percentage
1M-1A: Free-throws made-attempted
1%: Free throw percentage
|OR: Offensive rebounds
DR: Defensive rebounds
REB: Total rebounds
PTS: Points scored
EFF: Efficiency rating
Théo Maledon's basketball bio
Théo Maledon was born in Rouen, France, on June 12, 2001. His parents, Sylvie and Claude, both played basketball. Sylvie was part of French youth national teams. His father Claude played in NM2 and even NM1 (French third division) with SPO Rouen.
Maledon started playing basketball at age 3
Théo Maledon started playing basketball at 3, joining Mesnil-Esnard club. He stayed there until the U11 teams, before transferring to SPO Rouen. He played there several years before being recruited by INSEP, the National Institute for Sport and Physical Education. At 13 years old, he was already talking about his goals in front of the INSEP TV cameras : « I started playing basketball because I saw my parents play and I wanted to try it out. I wanted to be like my dad or my mom. And pretty soon I knew what my goals would be. Go as high as I can... playing in the NBA or in Euroleague. Seing all the great players that came here in INSEP, I'm really honored to be part of the brotherhood. »
On February 13, 2016, at only 15, Théo Maledon played his first game in NM1 (French Division 3) against Get Vosges. The best player in the league that season was another prospect, Vincent Poirier, who ended up leading the Euroleague in rebounds 4 years later. During the 2015-2016 season Maledon played only 3 games with the senior team. The following year he was played 30 games with the team, averaging 8.2 points in 25.4 minutes per game. With an excellent 41.3% from three.
Jordan Classic and Euroleague Junior
On April 14, 2017, Théo Maledon played in the Jordan Brand Classic game in New York. In 24 minutes, he scored 15 points, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. The next month he won the Euroleague Junior championship scoring 13 points with 3 assists against Mega Bemax.
After that great season, Théo Maledon decided to skip his last 2 years at INSEP to join ASVEL, Tony Parker's basketball team in Jeep Elite (French first division). During the summer of 2017, he led France to a U16 European Basketball Championship in Montenegro. His team won all of it's games, and Théo Maledon had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals in the final. Paired with another French phenom, Killian Hayes, in the backcourt, Maledon averaged 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.6 steals in 7 games.
First Division 1 game at only 16
The next season, his first with ASVEL, he practiced with the Pro team (featuring veterans John Roberson, David Lighty or A.J. Slaugther) but mainly played with the U21 squad. At only 17 he dominated the U21 competition averaging 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.6 steals. He played his first Division 1 game with the Pros on September 30, 2017. He was 16 years old.
During the summer of 2018, Théo Maledon got his baccalauréat (main French diploma before going to college) one year earlier than his generation. He majored in science. He then played the U17 World Basketball Championship with France, finishing second to USA. Maledon averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.1 assists playing all 7 games.
After an almost perfect summer, Théo is given playing time by ASVEL new coach Zvezdan Mitrović. Averaging more than 15 minutes per game in Jeep Elite, and more than 17 minutes in Eurocup.
Breaking records in 2018
On October 6, 2018, Théo Maledon became the youngest player since Tony Paker to record a game with 20 or more in efficiency rating in Jeep Elite. Against Fos-sur-Mer he scored 15 points, with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. On November 18, 2018, he set new records for points (20) and efficiency (23) in a game against reigning champion Le Mans. He beat his efficiency record the next month in a win against Levallois Metropolitans (26 efficiency rating, 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 passes, 2 steals, no turnovers).
Théo Maledon was selected to be part of Team France Basketball, the senior French National team, in two World Cup Qualifiers games in February 2018. At 17 years old, he played his first game with « Les Bleus » in Espoo (Finland) on February 21. In 15 minutes he scored 3 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Three days later he played against Czech Republic, scoring 8 points in 17 minutes.
On May 12, 2019, LDLC ASVEL won the French cup, beating Le Mans 70-61. Théo Maledon was named MVP of the game, recording 13 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in an extremely physical contest. The game was played in Accord Hotel Arena, in Paris, in front of 14.204 fans.