Maledon added 25 points (9-18 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, five assists and two blocks across 36 minutes during Wednesday's 113-101 loss to the Hornets. Maledon came through with his second-highest point total of the season, taking advantages of the many absences on the Thunder roster to shoulder the load offensively. With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) likely sidelined for at least another couple of weeks, Maledon should have an extended run as OKC's primary ball handler and scoring option out of the backcourt. He's been able to hit double figures in scoring in all but one of the last eight contests, but his 17.0 points per game over that stretch have come on a lowly 36.1 percent shooting from the field.
Maledon registered 14 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and an assist across 26 minutes in Monday's loss against the Pistons. Maledon extended his sizzling scoring run in this game, and he's now scored in double digits in six of his previous seven contests -- including a 33-point effort against the Suns on April 2. Maledon has posted double-digit scoring performances in eight of his last 10 games and has been one of Oklahoma City's top offensive threats over the last few weeks with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) sidelined.
Maledon tallied 33 points (10-18 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 8-10 FT), five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 31 minutes in Friday's loss to the Suns. The 19-year-old finished with a career high in scoring despite the lopsided loss, easily surpassing the 24 points he posted against Brooklyn on Jan. 29. He and fellow rookie teenager Aleksej Pokusevski (20 points) combined for over half of Oklahoma City's scoring in the contest, though the Thunder proved to be no match for the surging Suns. Maledon has struggled with an overall 37.4 shooting percentage this season and went 3-for-16 in his previous game, so Friday's performance isn't the best indicator of the point guard's strengths.
Maledon posted 14 points (4-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), six rebounds and an assist across 28 minutes in Monday's 127-106 loss to the Mavericks. When your presumptive floor general posts only one assist, that's usually not a good indicator of the offense's success. Maledon simply isn't getting it done at point guard, and it appears that the team may be on its way to making a change by using Ty Jerome at the position. Maledon is only averaging 3.4 assists per game, which is well below what you need from your primary ball-handler.
Maledon had 22 points (7-16 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 4-4 FT), eight boards, four assists and two steals across 37 minutes in Saturday's 111-94 loss to Boston. The Thunder blew a big lead late, but it was an impressive showing by Maledon, who topped 20 points for just the second time this season. The rookie is locked into the Thunder's starting five, and with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (foot) sidelined indefinitely, he should continue to handle more of the scoring and playmaking workload.
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