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Thon Maker
Thon Maker
Position: -
Born: 02/25/97
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:216 lbs. / 98 kg.
Earnings: $13,761,892 ($14,190,116*)
With minimal free agency interest, Maker agreed to a camp deal with the Cavaliers, his chance to fight for one of the final roster spots and, perhaps, revive his fizzling career. “You have to come in with hunger and that’s my mentality,” Maker said Sunday. “Nothing is ever given, period. Even being the top 10 pick it wasn’t given as well. I’m not coming in thinking I’m a top 10 now. I’m coming in aggressive like I was when I was a first year. I’m approaching it as if I just came out of college. Like I spent my last four years in college so that’s like my mentality here now and you know, just play as hard as I can, and whatever happens, happens. I always trust in my work ethic.”
Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been impressed early in camp. Maker’s length and athleticism have the Cavs envisioning him protecting the paint and rim — two points of emphasis heading into the 2020-21 season. Maker’s high basketball IQ and willingness to communicate have also stood out. On offense, he brings versatility — able to roll to the basket or pop out to the perimeter. He can play the 4 or 5. “His God-given length is impressive. That is helpful for us,” Bickerstaff said. “And he’s an unselfish dude and a hard worker. All of those things — personality traits, character and skill set — is what we took into account. Delly (Matthew Dellavedova) played with him. Dre played with him. We had guys who had first-hand knowledge of what kind of person he was and that impacts our decision.”
“Some of these guys, it seems like they have been in the league forever and they’re still 23 or 24 years old. It’s a good thing and the best part of it is, and sometimes we get hit over the head with this, but we see a guy who is 21 or 22 years old in college and we’re like, ‘Oh s—, he’s hit his ceiling.’ At 24 or 25, guys have room to grow still. If you take the natural tools he has and just put some time and care into it, there’s still room for improvement. That’s our philosophy and approach. We’re going to give him everything we’ve got while we have him and see where it goes — with the idea that there’s always room for growth in everybody.”