Theo Maledon

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Theo Maledon

Date of birth:Jun 12, 2001

Height: 1m92 / 6-4

Position: PG

Nationality: French

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2019-2020 Regular Season

Theo Maledon averages in Jeep Elite

  • Pts

    6.7

  • Reb

    1.9

  • Ast

    2.0

  • Eff

    6.5

Theo Maledon is a basketball player born on June 12, 2001. His height is six foot four (1m92 / 6-4). He is a point guard who most recently played for LDLC ASVEL in Jeep Elite.

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Basketball Career Averages

Season League Team Reb Ast Pts
15-16 FRA-3 Centre Fédéral logoCentre Fédéral 0.7 1.3 1.3
15-16 ANGT U18 Centre Fédéral logoU18 Centre Fédéral 2.0 3.5 3.5
16-17 ANGT U18 Centre Fédéral logoU18 Centre Fédéral 2.4 4.3 7.1
16-17 FRA-3 Centre Fédéral logoCentre Fédéral 2.4 2.7 8.2
17-18 ANGT U18 LDLC ASVEL logoU18 LDLC ASVEL 5.0 6.8 28.5
17-18 FRA-1 U21 LDLC ASVEL U21 logoLDLC ASVEL U21 4.5 5.1 16.1
17-18 FRA-1 LDLC ASVEL logoLDLC ASVEL 0.6 0.4 0.6
18-19 FRA-1 LDLC ASVEL logoLDLC ASVEL 2.1 2.2 7.4
19-20 FRA-1 ASVEL logoASVEL 1.9 2.0 6.7

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Theo Maledon

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Theo Maledon's Basketball Journey

From Rouen, in Normandy. A point guard with precocious talent. A golden run with the French youth national team program. A stint with the Pole France Academy, at the INSEP. Theo Maledon and Tony Parker share many similarities. And they share the same club as Maledon launched his professional career with ASVEL, the team of President Tony Parker.

A maturity beyond his years

Born in 2001, Maledon comes from a basketball family. 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. Théo started playing basketball at the age of 3. Right from the start he was way ahead of the pack. INSEP came calling when he was only 14, a year earlier that other players. And in 2017, Maledon left the academy two years earlier that others, to start playing in France’s first division.

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. Seeing all the great players that came here in INSEP, I'm really honored to be part of the brotherhood. »

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.

In only two seasons he had solidified his status as the top prospect in France. In May 2017, he was a key contributor to INSEP’s triumph at the Euroleague Adidas Next Generation Tournament. During the summer of 2016, he led France to the U16 European Championship title, averaging 14.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists en route to a perfect 7-0 record. A few months later he averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 assists as France reached the final of the U17 World Cup. "For a coach, it is extremely comfortable to count on players like him in close games", pointed out his coach, Lamine Kebe. "Players with so much control emotionally. It is very impressive because he had the same maturity when he was 15. Only that he has added some skills since then. But the way he handles himself, the poise he has, it is a trait of great players. The way he approaches his career is reminiscent of what Tony Paker used to do. Everything is planned and well thought. That is what he does: he sets goals and a timetable. And he works to achieve them. He is destined to succeed because of his mindset."

A starter at 17

Returning from the World Cup in Argentina, Maledon chose to join ASVEL, a powerhouse in the French league. Although he received limited playing time during his rookie campaign, he became the second-youngest player in ASVEL history to make his debut in Pro A at 16 years old. Maledon spent his time between the pro team practices (9 games played in Pro A, 2 games in the EuroCup) and the espoirs, even playing the U18 Final Four at the end of the season.

It did not take him long to obtain a bigger role in ASVEL’s rotation. 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. New coach Mitrovic made him a starter on November 3rd, 2018 and Maledon made the best of the opportunity. 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).

He was invited to practice with the national team was selected to the All-Star Game (youngest player ever selected) and even his opponents could only notice the rise of the young man. "He really surprised me", acknowledged former NBA and Euroleague Croatian point guard Roko Leni Ukic. "I had heard about him but maybe I underestimated him. I will be honest: he kicked my ass. Physically he is ready but the most impressive thing is his maturity. He plays like a veteran."

First games with the senior French National Team

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.

Beside his height and a 6-8 wingspan, his very high basketball IQ is what everyone is talking about when it comes to Maledon. The kid confesses he is a basketball addict who has watched games from a very young age and keeps on doing it: "As soon as there is a game on TV I have to watch it. Every night I have to find something. I would say that I have seen every possible situation on the court. Virtually, but I have."

Extremely soft-spoken, Maledon lets his playing do the talking. Despite the signature of experienced Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis, his impact kept on growing as he made the best of the situation. "I never felt threatened when he signed. I don’t try to hide. I know he was a very good player and at practice, I tried to be better than him. And I listened to him because I have a lot to learn from his experience."

A tireless worker

Maledon’s other strength is his remarkable work ethic. "Some players feel bad when they are not working", says Lamine Kebe. "And they do it not to feel better, but to feel like they control everything. Evan Fournier is very similar to Theo in that regard. He is borderline crazy. A workaholic. Theo will get to practice 30 minutes before anybody else. Leave one hour after everybody. As coaches, we have to stop him." Coaches with the national team have joked about having to find countless drills because their point guard would never stop working long after practices were over. And the trend goes way back. "When he was 14 you could tell how determined he was", remembers Aimé Toupane, his coach at the INSEP. "He was focused 24 hours a day on his basketball journey. He was recruited a year younger than but looked like he was 2-3 years older than the oldest ones."

During the 2019/20 he took another step forward, playing 17 minutes per game in the Euroleague while being only 18. The best preparation for the 2020 NBA draft. Once again he will try to follow in the footsteps of Tony Parker who offers his protégé some valuable piece of advice: "Tony is a mentor to me. He helps whether it is on the court or off the court. He is always available to talk to me about leadership, about what a point guard has to do."

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Theo Maledon's career

 LDLC ASVEL

2019-2020 season with Lyon-Villeurbanne

Theo Maledon averaged 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, playing 21 games with LDLC ASVEL, during the 2019-2020 Jeep Elite regular-season. He set his season-high with 15 points in 18 minutes against Chalon on February 11, 2020. He grabbed a season-high 5 rebounds in 21 minutes against Le Mans on December 23, 2019. He dished a season-high 8 assists in 19 minutes against Limoges CSP on September 22, 2019.

He scored in double figures 6 times in 21 games.

 LDLC ASVEL

2018-2019 season with Lyon-Villeurbanne

Theo Maledon averaged 7.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, playing 33 games with LDLC ASVEL, during the 2018-2019 Jeep Elite regular-season. He set his season-high with 20 points in 21 minutes against Le Mans on November 18, 2018. He grabbed a season-high 5 rebounds in 26 minutes against Strasbourg on May 05, 2019. He dished a season-high 7 assists in 22 minutes against Nanterre 92 on January 12, 2019.

He scored in double figures 9 times in 33 games. He had 20 points or more 1 time.

 U18 LDLC ASVEL

2017-2018 season with Lyon-Villeurbanne

Theo Maledon averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game, playing 4 games with U18 LDLC ASVEL, during the 2017-2018 Adidas Next Generation Tournament regular-season. He set his season-high with 35 points in 37 minutes against U18 Gran Canaria on January 07, 2018. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds in 33 minutes against U18 Promitheas Patras on January 06, 2018. He dished a season-high 11 assists in 37 minutes against U18 Gran Canaria on January 07, 2018.

He scored in double figures 4 times in 4 games. He had 20 points or more 4 times. He had 30 points or more 1 time. He recorded 1 double-double.

 LDLC ASVEL

2017-2018 season with Lyon-Villeurbanne

Theo Maledon averaged 0.6 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game, playing 9 games with LDLC ASVEL, during the 2017-2018 Jeep Elite regular-season. He set his season-high with 2 points in 4 minutes against Bourg-en-Bresse on February 10, 2018. He grabbed a season-high 2 rebounds in 4 minutes against Bourg-en-Bresse on February 10, 2018. He dished a season-high 2 assists in 10 minutes against Antibes on November 04, 2017.

 LDLC ASVEL U21

2017-2018 season with Lyon-Villeurbanne

Theo Maledon averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game, playing 32 games with LDLC ASVEL U21, during the 2017-2018 France - Jeep Elite U21 regular-season. He set his season-high with 26 points in 37 minutes against Monaco U21 on May 12, 2018. He grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in 38 minutes against Dijon U21 on November 11, 2017. He dished a season-high 12 assists in 32 minutes against Boulogne-Levallois U21 on April 17, 2018.

He scored in double figures 31 times in 32 games. He had 20 points or more 9 times. He recorded 3 double-doubles.

 U18 Centre Fédéral

2016-2017 season with U18 Centre Fédéral

Theo Maledon averaged 7.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, playing 8 games with U18 Centre Fédéral, during the 2016-2017 Adidas Next Generation Tournament regular-season. He set his season-high with 13 points in 24 minutes against U18 Mega Bemax on March 21, 2017. He grabbed a season-high 4 rebounds in 30 minutes against U18 CSKA Moscow on March 20, 2017. He dished a season-high 7 assists in 27 minutes against U18 Zalgiris on January 14, 2017.

He scored in double figures 1 time in 8 games.

 Centre Fédéral

2016-2017 season with Centre Fédéral

Theo Maledon averaged 8.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game, playing 30 games with Centre Fédéral, during the 2016-2017 France - NM 1 regular-season. He set his season-high with 20 points in 31 minutes against Union Tarbes Lourdes on April 23, 2017. He grabbed a season-high 8 rebounds in 20 minutes against Union Tarbes Lourdes on January 07, 2017. He dished a season-high 8 assists in 38 minutes against Aurore de Vitre on February 11, 2017.

He scored in double figures 13 times in 30 games. He had 20 points or more 1 time.

 U18 Centre Fédéral

2015-2016 season with U18 Centre Fédéral

Theo Maledon averaged 3.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, playing 2 games with U18 Centre Fédéral, during the 2015-2016 Adidas Next Generation Tournament regular-season. He set his season-high with 5 points in 15 minutes against U18 Mega Bemax on May 14, 2016. He grabbed a season-high 2 rebounds in 7 minutes against U18 FC Barcelona on May 12, 2016. He dished a season-high 5 assists in 15 minutes against U18 Mega Bemax on May 14, 2016.

 Centre Fédéral

2015-2016 season with Centre Fédéral

Theo Maledon averaged 1.3 points, 0.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game, playing 3 games with Centre Fédéral, during the 2015-2016 France - NM 1 regular-season. He set his season-high with 4 points in 18 minutes against Mulhouse on April 05, 2016. He grabbed a season-high 2 rebounds in 18 minutes against Mulhouse on April 05, 2016. He dished a season-high 3 assists in 18 minutes against Mulhouse on April 05, 2016.