Hornets PG Tony Parker is grooming the next great French point guard with Luka Doncic goals in sight
Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker is grooming the next great talent to come out of France. His name is Theo Maledon.
From a young age Parker was able to see a great talent in Maledon. Now that he is older, the Hornets guard can see a Luka Doncic-type of ascent. Although, according to Mike Schmitz of ESPN, that was apparent since Maledon was around 10 years old.
“You could see already at 10, 11, that he was just better than everybody else and really talented,” Parker said.
Parker is the current president for ASVEL basketball club which Maledon is the point guard of. The 17-year-old is going to be eligible for next year’s draft, and could be a top-10 pick.
“It’s very rare, it’s very rare,” Parker said. “The goal is to start him next year and for him to be the best player and the most NBA ready just like Luka Doncic.”
That is big talk. Doncic is averaging 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 5.6 assists in his first year in the NBA. Those are big shoes to fill for Maledon.
Having Parker as a mentor will be a huge help in getting Maledon ready for when he enters the league. In his 18-year career, Parker has averaged 15.6 points and 5.6 assists per game. He is a six-time All-Star and four-time NBA champ.
Maledon has a lot going right for him as he gets ready to enter the NBA. Having family ties to Parker is only part of it. There is a lot of talent there and he could be a very key part to a starting lineup by this time next year.