Killian Hayes

Killian Hayes

22-Year-Old GuardG
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Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Hayes finally started to figure things out in 2022-23, putting together his best season in the NBA. Although his shooting was once again a huge issue, he was able to up his production across the board. He rounded out the season with averages of 10.3 points, 6.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 three-pointers in 28.3 minutes per night. Unfortunately, he shot 37.7 percent from the floor, dragging down his overall value. While this could very well lay the platform for Hayes to become a viable standard league asset, his path to minutes is far from guaranteed. The Pistons will welcome back Cade Cunningham from injury, a fact that will certainly impact Hayes' ability to see meaningful minutes. They also drafted Ausar Thompson and brought in Monte Morris. Despite the promise, Hayes could very well find himself on the fringe of the rotation once again, meaning there is no need to draft him outside of deeper formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$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. Pistons exercised $7.41 million team option for 2023-24 in September of 2022. Waived by the Pistons in February of 2024.
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.

Let go by Detroit
GFree Agent
February 8, 2024
The Pistons are waiving Hayes on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
With several trade deadline additions made by Detroit, Hayes is being waived to create space on the roster. While the 2021 No. 7 overall pick has started in 31 of his 42 appearances this season, he has struggled mightily. Hayes averaged 6.9 points, 4.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.0 minutes per game while shooting 41.3 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from three-point range. Still just 22 years old, Hayes should still have some appeal in free agency as a developmental point guard.
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How does Killian Hayes compare to other players?
This section compares his stats with all players from the previous three seasons (minimum 200 minutes played)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
  • True Shooting %
    An advanced statistic that measures a player's efficiency at shooting the ball that takes field goal percentage, free throw percentage, and three point percentage into account.
  • Effective Field Goal %
    A statistic that adjusts field goal percentage to account for the fact that three-point field goals count for three points while field goals only count for two points.
  • 3-Point Attempt Rate
    Percentage of field goal attempts from three point range.
  • Free Throw Rate
    Number of free throw attempts per field goal attempt.
  • Offensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available offensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Defensive Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available defensive rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Total Rebound %
    An estimate of the percentage of available rebounds a player grabbed while they were on the floor.
  • Assist %
    An estimate of the percentage of teammate field goals a player assisted while they were on the floor.
  • Steal %
    An estimate of the percentage of opponent possessions that end with a steal by the player while they were on the floor.
  • Block %
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True Shooting %
47.4%
 
Effective Field Goal %
45.2%
 
3-Point Attempt Rate
26.1%
 
Free Throw Rate
17.7%
 
Offensive Rebound %
1.2%
 
Defensive Rebound %
12.2%
 
Total Rebound %
6.6%
 
Assist %
26.9%
 
Steal %
1.5%
 
Block %
1.7%
 
Turnover %
9.1%
 
Usage %
14.9%
 
Fantasy Points Per Game
20.4
 
Fantasy Points Per Minute
0.8
 
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Could have trade value
GDetroit Pistons
November 29, 2023
Hayes "is a name to watch on the trade market," Michael Scotto of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Hayes averaged 10.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 13 games as a starter this season, including two games with over 20 points. Although he shot only 39.7 percent from the field over that span, Hayes exceeded 20 points just six times in 76 appearances last year and was incrementally improving this season. The 6-foot-5 Frenchman is a solid defender as well, but Detroit is stocked in the backcourt with Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey and Marcus Sasser. A trade feels unlikely given that Hayes is headed for restricted free agency this offseason.
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Hayes' second season was just as much of a mixed bag as his first, though he did make some meaningful improvements. What we know for sure is that he has talent as a passer and defender - 6.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.8 blocks per 36 minutes. But his inefficiency as a scorer is hurting his ability to fully develop as a playmaker, and it keeps him off the court when his defense could be of use more often. Hayes' shooting splits of 38/26/77 resulted in just 0.93 points per shot attempt - in the 12th percentile for point guards. It's especially concerning that his three-ball won't fall since they're nearly all catch-and-shoot looks, with 93 percent of his threes being assisted. One positive note in regards to his offense, however, is his improvement as a finisher around the basket. As a percentage of his overall attempts, he took seven percent more shots at the rim, and he converted those at a 61 percent clip - a massive improvement from his 39 percent as a rookie. He also maintained proficiency from floater range, hitting 40 percent of his 133 attempts from between 4-14 feet. Plus, he drew more shooting fouls, taking 1.6 free throws per 36 minutes compared to his rookie mark of 0.9. That rate is still extremely low, but we shouldn't gloss over progress. Hayes is still quite young (hardly 21 years old), but he needs to start making progress fast. The Pistons drafted Jaden Ivey - another guard - with the No. 5 overall pick. And while developing Hayes still has organizational importance, there will still likely be pressure to also play Cory Joseph, Alec Burks, Rodney McGruder and Hamidou Diallo. It's risky to draft Hayes in standard leagues. He ranked 190th in per-game production last season. If you're a believer and need some extra assists and steals, it's justifiable with a final pick. But at this point, Hayes still remains a better option for deeper leagues and keeper/dynasty formats.
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.
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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Steps into starting role
GDetroit Pistons
February 7, 2024
Hayes will start Wednesday at Sacramento, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Falls out of rotation
GDetroit Pistons
February 1, 2024
Hayes (coach's decision) went unused off the bench in Wednesday's 128-121 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Heads back to bench
GDetroit Pistons
January 31, 2024
Hayes isn't in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game versus the Cavaliers, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Officially starting Sunday
GDetroit Pistons
January 28, 2024
Hayes will move into the starting lineup with Cade Cunningham (knee) ruled out, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to bench
GDetroit Pistons
January 27, 2024
Hayes isn't in the starting lineup for Saturday's game versus the Wizards, Omari Sankofa II of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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