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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: $2,684,160
Several NBA players were in attendance, including Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray, Thon Maker, and LaMelo’s older brother, Lonzo. LeBron James was reportedly set to sit courtside, but after talking with event personnel, The King elected to remain in his vehicle and eventually left in an effort to avoid causing more of a commotion. “They’re gonna have to get a bigger venue,” said LaMelo’s father, LaVar, of the large crowd. “When the Big Baller Brand come to town, better get something big.”
NBA.com: What about when you were looking at Thon? What popped? This was a guy had a lot of positives around him, but were there one or two things where you said, “Right there. That’s going to work”? JH: We loved his length. We loved his ability to shoot the ball. With the game moving to where it is today, can he be a stretch big? We’re still hoping that Thon can be that player consistently as he moves forward. But more than anything with Thon was then when we had the chance to get to know him, we just fell in love with him as a person. I loved (director of scouting) Billy McKinney’s line on Thon. When Thon left us after the draft workout, Billy said, “You can be guaranteed that player is going to become the very best he can possibly become because he’s going to work that hard.” He’s never going to leave anything on the table. He’s always going to give you 100 percent and give himself 100 percent and give himself the best opportunity to become a player someday in this league.
But Maker, 20, does capture the essence of the series, in that the Bucks are proving young, fast, long and fearless, very quickly making the Raptors seem tentative, old and out of fashion. His role is simple, and he’s embraced it: “At this point it’s just being defensive-minded, coming in to bring energy to the guys especially at my position,” he said. “Bringing energy, blocking shots. It starts at the defensive end. Offensively it’s spacing the floor and using my knowledge of the game at this point to make plays for others and myself, but at this point it’s mostly on the defensive end.”