He’s all over the board for evaluators across the league. These come in various fashions, as you would imagine. He forces things at times on offense, though, and his court awareness could definitely improve in off-ball defense. There are a few areas Hayes needs to keep honing in on, including his off-ball defense as he tends to lose focus on closeouts and cutters. Player Profile. With Maledon, you got a legitimate sense of what he could do against high level competition in that a backup role — it was steady, it was reliable and, I think, easily translatable. He’s probably lacking some strength at this stage too compared to NBA players but that’s to be expected. Doesn’t get to the free throw line at a high rate. I mean, there’s probably a chance he could start for a few of the lottery teams but I think the much more likely scenario (and, in the grand scheme of your franchise, ideal scenario) is that Hayes is coming off of the bench and serving as a backup point guard. Scouts will be in love with the polish of his offensive game for a player with excellent size, and his age is a major positive too. It goes without saying that NBA defenders are longer and more athletic...can Hayes still be effective when it comes to getting by? 2020 NBA Draft scouting report: Patrick Williams, ESPN listing Hayes at No. Hayes is likely going to be a top-five pick and the Suns most likely are not going to be in that draft range. There his NBA hype really started to build. I do believe, as Vecenie references, that Hayes’ feet are better than others give him credit for, and I believe in the passing too. However, if the lottery gods are kind to the Suns, they could put together a lethal backcourt combination for the future with Devin Booker and Killian Hayes. Those evaluators worry about his explosiveness and his athleticism, in addition to the shot. Though he’s quick, he does struggle with defending quick guards. Hayes could be a very strong secondary creator from the shooting guard spot (and his size means he could be deployed as such) but as the start/end of an NBA team’s offense? With Ulm, Hayes was allowed many liberties and, to be fair, Hayes performed well. Can rise into midrange pull-ups or even bounce out to 3 with step-backs. With Hayes I’m really not as confident as to how some of his skills would translate to the NBA. Extremely left-hand dominant as a driver, passer and finisher. But that leans towards the long-term. Has looked ordinary at times in camp settings when surrounded by strong athletes.’ — woof, that’s a cutting question and comment. Let’s have a look at one more outlet, here’s what Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo had to say about Hayes after he mocked the Frenchman 10th overall to the Phoenix Suns: After an undefeated run in the bubble, there’s real optimism surrounding the Suns’ young core and the development of Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton. If Hayes struggles in this regard, that limits his scoring options and his opportunities to create for others. Luka Doncic proved that tall guards from Europe could come over to the NBA and dominate right away and the next player from across the pond to make an impact could be Killian Hayes. Austin (@KrellTPL), Thiago (@TScabbia) and Deibs (@mrcrockpot) discuss everything and anything about elite point guard prospect Killian Hayes! As for Schmitz’s input on Hayes’ ‘improvement areas’: Average athletically both in terms of burst and vertical explosion. 9 overall on their ‘Best Available’ list, 2020 NBA Draft scouting report series: Full list, 2020 NBA draft scouting report: Jahmi’us Ramsey. There’s a number of reasons to be concerned about Hayes’ scoring, however. However, the skill facets of his game make up for this weakness. Exploring the objectives of the roster building ahead. NBA Draft 2020: Killian Hayes scouting report, strengths, weaknesses and player comparison. I’d personally rate Hayes’ burst a tad higher than ‘average’ but fully agree with the assessment that Hayes isn’t an ‘explosive’ athlete. Has also improved as a shooter. His right-hand needs to be developed more and he tends to pick up his dribble too often which leads to unnecessary turnovers. Hayes spent the last year playing for ratiopharm Ulm, a German basketball team. Struggles with aggressive ball pressure. I worry that the potential lack of shooting and his potential struggles getting by the opposition on his own steam may really hinder Hayes offensively. If you can pass, you can pass, and I think it is something that translates. Outside? At age 16 he began his professional career for French club Cholet and after two seasons signed with Ratiopharm Ulm in the Basketball Bundesliga (the top league in Germany). Let’s move onto Hayes’ defense — it can be a bit of a mixed bag but we’ll start with the some of the good/better stuff first. Let’s try land this thing, and we go over everything (including defense). Will have to become a more consistent shooter to combat that. Can change speeds and directions but doesn’t quite have the shiftiness to beat rangy defenders off the dribble consistently. Hayes is arguably the best shooting prospect in this draft class as he shot 39% from 3-point range last year and has an array of off-the-dribble, Hardenesque moves. What you can’t rely on as much in the NBA as is the creation off of the dribble — not to say that it won’t happen but it shouldn’t be expected to happen as much/as consistently in the NBA. I’d give Hayes a slight advantage because I believe his passing/vision/IQ is at a higher level but I really think the gap between the two is not as large as the mock drafts would make it appear (with Maledon featuring in the 20’s) but that has more to do with people I think underrating Maledon than overrating Hayes — I think he’s appropriately rated. He’s absolutely capable but inconsistent. A good but not great defender Hayes isn't someone who can rely on physical gifts to hang defensively--he'll need technique and discipline. Basketball IQ: 8. Turned the ball over on 25% of his possessions. His career could follow a similar path as an elite scorer off the bench or as a starter. With the muscle to protect the ball as soon as he gets the slightest step on a defender, there isn't much an opponent can do once Hayes gets into the lane. Is it possible to do a little bit of both and would that even work? But there’s a large degree of the unknown, if you take Schmitz’s comments into consideration. In reality, Hayes is a mixed bag and an inconsistent defender at times. Hayes is only averaging 3.7 rebounds per 36 minutes across his career in Europe but he possesses the size, strength, and basketball IQ which should make him a solid rebounder in the NBA, despite perhaps limited athleticism. The key point I would be looking at here is ‘when he’s able to get to his left-hand’ — if his left is taken away...I would be concerned. Oftentimes Hayes will choose not to take an open driving lane if it's to his right hand and on a number of occasions he forced up awkward left-handed floaters instead of attempting open right-hand layups.