Killian Hayes

20-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
During his first season in the NBA, Hayes appeared in 26 contests and posted 6.8 points, 5.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals across 25.8 minutes per game. The rookie played 30-plus minutes eight times and averaged 12.4 points, 5.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds during those contests. In his second season, Hayes will be the de facto starting point guard and should garner a bigger workload if he can build upon his promising rookie season. He will likely share the majority of the playmaking duties with No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham. Detroit elected to re-sign veteran Cory Joseph and 22-year-old Saben Lee to multi-year contracts this offseason, but they won't threaten Hayes' potential unless he starts to regress. While Hayes has displayed promising traits, the biggest cause for concern has been his scoring ability in the NBA. Operating as one of Detroit's go-to players last year, the 6-foot-5 guard attempted 7.7 shots per game -- 2.8 of which were threes -- and only shot 35.3 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from distance. If he can become a reliable scorer, his potential is through the roof. Hayes is worth a flier, but expectations should be tempered until he becomes a more efficient scorer at the NBA level. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $10.88 million contract with the Pistons in November of 2020. Pistons exercised $5.84 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Hayes was born July 27, 2001 in Lakeland, Florida, but grew up in France. His father, an American, is DeRon Hayes, who played college basketball for Penn State. DeRon played professionally in multiple countries, including France, where Killian grew up and played professionally himself. Hayes' mother, Sandrine, is a native of Cholet, France. Hayes debuted for Cholet's under-21 team, Espoirs Cholet, in the 2016-17 season at age 16. In the LNB Espoirs, the tall guard was often competing against opponents who were five years older. In his second Espoirs season, he was named MVP of the regular season. The left-handed Hayes then signed a three-year deal with ratiopharm Ulm of the Basketball Bundesliga (BBL), the top league in Germany. After one year with Ulm, Hayes declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. Prior to the NBA, Hayes began playing professionally in France. In 2017, he won MVP of the U16 Euro Championship A. During the 2017-18 season with Espoirs Cholet and Cholet Basket, the guard averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals in 25.6 minutes. He also was selected to the 2018 U17 World Cup All-Tournament Team. The following season, Hayes remained with Cholet Basket and averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 19.7 minutes. During his final campaign overseas, Hayes played for Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. He averaged 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 24.8 minutes. Arguably Hayes' best performance in 2019-20 was Nov. 17 in a win over Brose Baskets Bamberg, where he recorded 24 points (9-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three steals, two rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

Finally scores in double figures
GDetroit Pistons
October 25, 2021
Hayes posted 12 points (4-11 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block during Monday's loss to Atlanta.
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After two straight poor performances to begin the season, Hayes finally managed to finish in double figures. The guard hadn't been much of a factor across the first two matchups, as Hayes scored just two points and totaled five assists. The 2020 first-round selection is currently averaging 4.7 points and 2.7 assists per contest.
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hayes has played professionally overseas during the past three seasons, averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals last year with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany. The 6-foot-5 lefty guard is primarily a playmaker who is great in the pick-and-roll. At 215 pounds, he can also use his size to outmuscle smaller defenders. The initial concern for Hayes will be his struggles from beyond the arc, as he shot only 29.4 percent last season. He's also not an elite athlete and isn't an especially strong defender. Still, Hayes should be expected to be a focal point of the Pistons' rebuild and should have plenty of opportunities on the court. It wouldn't be surprising if he saw near 30 minutes per game, though he'll have to initially compete with Derrick Rose for playing time.
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Held scoreless in opener
GDetroit Pistons
October 21, 2021
Hayes recorded zero points (0-6 FG), five rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes Wednesday in the Pistons' 94-88 loss to the Bulls.
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Puts in full practice
GDetroit Pistons
October 17, 2021
Hayes (concussion) was a full participant at Sunday's practice, Keith Langlois of the Pistons' official site reports.
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Out Friday
GDetroit Pistons
Concussion
October 15, 2021
Hayes (concussion) is out Friday against the 76ers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Doubtful Friday
GDetroit Pistons
Concussion
October 14, 2021
Hayes (concussion) is doubtful for Friday's preseason game against the 76ers.
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Out with concussion
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Concussion
October 12, 2021
Hayes has been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason contest against the Knicks due to a concussion, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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