Thunder’s Theo Maledon flirts with history after hot shooting night

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Cody Taylor
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Oklahoma City Thunder rookie Theo Maledon was inserted into the starting lineup this week with George Hill nursing a thumb injury, and the second-pick has produced for his team.

The Thunder first put Maledon in the starting unit on Wednesday as the 19-year-old responded with six points, four rebounds and four assists in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Maledon followed that performance up with 11 points and six rebounds in another win before turning in a career night on Friday.

Maledon recorded a career-high 24 points, three rebounds and three assists in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He finished by shooting 8-of-9 from the field, while he drained all six 3-point attempts. His 6-of-6 shooting performance tied an all-time NBA rookie record, joining the likes of Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Chuck Person among others.

Oklahoma City turned to Maledon this week, largely in an effort to have him play off of Shai Gilegeous-Alexander. Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault said his hot shooting night was partially a byproduct of playing next to Gilgeous-Alexander, and the team wants to continue to explore that pairing with Hill out.

Maledon certainly brings versatility to the floor for the Thunder and it appears as though the team wants to continue to tap into that potential. Having a career night, and draining six 3s, certainly helps toward earning more playing time…

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