The French are always more numerous in the NBA, and always more talented… But for some, integration at the highest level is enough hard, to the point that they are thrown into oblivion quite quickly. This is for example the case of a nugget that arrived two seasons ago.
The Draft has just delivered its verdict, and this vintage 2022 was rather generous for the French, pending the arrival of Victor Wembanyama in 2023, who could well become the first tricolor selected with the 1st choice. Moreover, for many experts, the tanking missions should multiply next season with the hope of seeing the young pivot of ASVEL land…
But if there are many reasons for hope for the players who have just arrived and who will arrive in the next few years, France is establishing itself more and more as the other great basketball nation behind the United States, like the proves the magnificent silver medal at the last Olympic Games, some young talents are in quite great difficulty.
Killian Hayes already forgotten in Detroit?
Frank Ntilikina, for example, took a long time to find his place in the league, he had to wait for the playoffs to establish himself as an effective defensive solution alongside Luka Doncic, and it’s a scenario that could repeat itself for Killian Hayes in Detroit. Indeed, for a scout who spoke for FoxNewsthe Pistons would have the duo of the future in the NBA, and the young Frenchman would not be part of it.
I think in three or five years, Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey will be the best duo in the NBA. That’s exactly what Jaden needed to thrive in the league: a cool, calm player who can control the tempo of a game and allow him to focus on what he does best. He could not have been a leader in another team, the fact that he already has a partner is ideal.
For this expert, the duo of the future in Detroit is made up of Cade Cunningham, former Draft No. 1, Jaden Ivey, current No. 5, which therefore leaves no room for Killian Hayes, yet selected with a lot of expectations in 2020… It must be said that it has not necessarily shown the expected progress, but already sending it to oblivion seems premature.
What if the best thing for him was a start in a franchise where he will be surrounded by veterans capable of helping him in his development? His name was mentioned on the side of Brooklyn by some fans, and they are all excited to see such a promising player arrive. With a Kyrie Irving by his side, he could do a monstrous good in understanding the game.
Killian Hayes is going to have incredible competition in Detroit, and he will have to fight with two prodigies to have consistent playing time and show himself. It’s up to him to get the best of Jaden Ivey, selected with the aim of stealing his place.