Thon Maker, selected 10th overall in the 2016 NBA draft is mystery man no more.
Originally from Wau, South Sudan, Maker has caught the eyes of the basketball world from high school. He attended school in Australia and in Canada.
From Vines, Ball Is Life mixtapes and youtube highlights, it was clear that Thon was indeed a freak of nature. The way he would overpower his opponents using his length was unreal, and his handles were far superior than anyone else on the floor.
While he didn’t attend college, Thon Maker was one of only 44 players in NBA history to be selected out of high school.
His story is truly incredible. Moving on from war torn South Sudan, he is quickly making a name for himself in the NBA.
As a rookie, he is already a fan favorite. His work ethic is admirable and he is always communicating with his teammates whether it be on the bench or on the court.
His teammates praise him for his commitment, and Jabari Parker went on to say that [he’ll] be the best 7-foot player in this league.” Thats quite the praise coming from an already proven NBA star.
While he only averages about 7 minutes per game, he is effective. He’s currently shooting a scorching 51% from three, and he’s proven that his perimeter jump shot is indeed, for real.
It’s hard to really make an impact in 7 minutes, but Thon is always hustling. Whether it be for a loose ball, or going to help up a teammate, you can always count on him to be there for his brothers.
Thon Maker has been plagued by foul trouble all season, but that is a work in progress. Much like Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled with foul troubles his rookie season.
With a 3.5 points per game average, 1.6 rebounds and just under 1 block, he still boasts a tremendous 15.24 PER. That’s higher than fellow big man John Henson who plays double the amount of minutes as he does.
He has all the intangibles, and standing at 7’1, the sky is the limit for Thon Maker. I see a little bit of Kevin Garnett in him, with Maker’s wiry limbs and stature. It would be foolish to compare him to a future hall of famer, but look at the way he plays.
Occasionally, Maker will put the ball on the floor, and drive right by his defender for an easy jam. It’s hard not to be ecstatic about the future of the Bucks when you watch Thon Maker play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Giannis has served as his “mentor,” and it has been paying dividends for the Bucks and Thon’s development. He’s a true gym rat, much like the Greek Freak.
The Bucks have a plan. They’re putting Thon on a 6,000-7,000 calorie diet which is crazy, especially since the average male in his 20s consumes about 2,000 calories per day. Slowly but surely, he will add a ton of muscle to those wiry limbs.
In a week span, he will lift weights 4 times and run approximately 20 miles in-between team and individual practices.
With a smooth jump shot, an array of post moves and good ball handling skills, Thon Maker is making a name for himself and he is here to stay.
He has yet to be unleashed this season, but the time for that will come. When the time does come, it will be a beautiful process to watch.
The legend of Thon Maker is just getting started in the city of Milwaukee.