In the third of the series of monthly reviews, we look at our first rookie, Thon Maker.
Thon Maker was taken with the tenth pick of the 2016 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. This was a surprise selection. I was thinking that he would be taken at the end of the first round or the start of the second round. His body is not ready for the rigors of a full NBA season.
This has been shown by the fact that Maker has only played in five of a possible 16 games for the season, four in November of a possible 13.
This is not a huge sample size to look into but there are some interesting conclusions that we can draw from the short time that he has been on the court.
The first game in November that he played was in the blowout win that Milwaukee had over the Indiana Pacers. Maker played for one just over one minute and scored six points. He went 2-of-2 from the field, both shots from three point range.
The man stands 7-foot-1 and can shoot as well or better than Kristaps Porzingis as well as run the floor like a gazelle. this enables him to get to open positions on the floor to make these shots.
He played the next night against Sacramento in another blowout win. He was given just under nine minutes, scoring three points on shooting 1-of-2 from the field. He also shot 1-of-2 from the line. His showed the appetite for rebounds which is going to make him a starter in this league eventually. He collected two offensive rebounds and four defensive rebounds.
The next game that Maker played was the blowout loss against the Miami Heat. Maker played just over one minute, missing his only shot.
The fourth game that Maker played was the blowout win against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played just under three minutes, scoring four points on 1-of-2 shooting. He also shot 2-of-2 from the line. Once again this shows just how well Maker shoots. Maker also collected rebounds in this time.
It looks to me that Maker is a similar player to Marreese Speights except for the fact that he is going to be a much better defender.
Lets hope that December allows Maker to play more so that he can show the NBA what he is capable of.