Why isn’t Killian Hayes playing for France at FIBA EuroBasket?
Killian Hayes is entering his third season with the Detroit Pistons and this will be crucial for the 21-year-old point guard.
The Pistons will have to decide on his next team option in October, and Hayes still has a lot to prove to show he’s worth the investment, although Detroit is still likely to snap him up given his age and potential.
That’s why it was a bit disappointing when he only played one game in the Summer League, because he needs all the in-game rep he can get.
Killian Hayes is still very raw offensively, so it would have been nice to see him dominate the Summer League for a few games, especially when we saw more established players like Isaiah Stewart come in to work on his game.
I also thought Hayes could gain some extra experience and reps with the France national team at the FIBA EuroBasket tournament this summer, but for some reason he wasn’t even on the list.
Detroit Pistons: Killian Hayes left the French team at EuroBasket
France has one of the best teams in the EuroBasket tournament and is one of the first to win it after reaching the semi-finals.
They’re packed with NBA talent, including Rudy Gobert, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarro, Evan Fournier and Theo Maledon.
In fact, when you look at what’s to come for France, they could be the next powerhouse in international basketball.
It would have been nice for Killian Hayes to play with a quality team against the best international competition this summer, but instead we’re getting 1v0 practice videos of him dribbling. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure it works, but it needs experience in real games.
So why was he left off the list? It is possible that he was not called upon, because France have a quality team and perhaps simply did not need him.
It’s also possible that Hayes was encouraged to stay and train with other members of the Detroit Pistons so the team could keep tabs on him and have more control over what he was doing. Hayes has struggled with injuries for the past few seasons, so he may have been held back as a precautionary measure to ensure he’s healthy to start the season.
France carried four leaders, Elle Okobo, Theo Maledon, Andrew Albicy and Thomas Heurtel, only one of whom is in the NBA. Maledon was no better than Hayes in his first two NBA seasons, so it was surprising he got the call and Killian didn’t.
Only veteran Heurtel really made an impact as the rest of the French frontrunners (including Maledon) barely played as the 33-year-old gets most of the minutes.
France will face Poland in the semi-finals today and are expected to win, but Killian Hayes will be watching his compatriots from home.