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Thon Maker
Thon Maker
Position: F-C
Born: 02/25/97
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $3,086,784
There are few people more intense than Kevin Garnett on a basketball court. Actually, there are few people more intense than Kevin Garnett anywhere. Clad in a black sweatshirt with the hood pulled up, Garnett put second-year center Thon Maker through a workout following the team’s practice. The intensity was palpable as the 41-year-old, 15-time all-star, 2004 MVP and 2008 NBA champion demanded focus, excellence and hard work from the 20-year-old center. Garnett barked at Maker for watching his shots instead of turning to catch a pass to put up another. He slapped Maker’s stomach, testing his focus and strength while he launched jump shots. Garnett reminded Maker to slow himself down and let the game come to him. “A lot of the stuff is, now, is more — especially with myself — him telling me to slow down a little bit,” Maker said. “Saying, ‘You have the speed, the quickness, so you can always go to it, but just slow it down a little bit, look at the defense, read it then attack.’ ”
That’s the way the session went, with the two soaked in sweat by the end. Before arriving in Milwaukee, Garnett had watched film of the Bucks and was prepared to tailor his lessons accordingly, and not just to Maker. In the morning before practice, Garnett put Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton through their own workout. “He mentioned (watching film) when we first got in here this morning with me and Giannis,” Maker said. “He was like, ‘I’ve been watching you guys. I’ve been watching this, I’ve been watching that, you’ve got to get rid of this, keep this, keep doing this.’ And you kind of think like, ‘OK, so he’s spending time to watch you and try to come back with something to give you. Something positive or something to help your game with.’ It’s big, it’s pretty big. So you’ve got to concentrate, pay attention and go to work.”
Who’s going to regret their offseason? The Bucks were fine off the court — their new arena is already more than halfway constructed and looks like it’s going to be a gem — although the surrounding mall that is supposed to be part of the complex is not going up as quickly. But the Bucks didn’t address their bigs-heavy roster and move some of the surplus — how can coach Jason Kidd keep all of Greg Monroe, Jabari Parker and John Henson happy with Thon Maker scarfing up more and more frontcourt minutes? — for the shooting Milwaukee still needs. The East is so open, and Milwaukee is so close to breaking through into elite status with Giannis Antetokounmpo an elite performer.