The Milwaukee Bucks selected Sudanese-Australian Thon Maker in the NBA draft with their tenth overall pick on Thursday. The Bucks are one of the best young teams in the NBA.
Maker now faces the challenge of fitting into the Bucks’ lineup after being a shock No. 10 pick in the NBA draft. He addressed the media just 10 minutes after being drafted without prompt.
“Length,” Maker said, in awe.
“Obviously, joining with the rest of the guys that already have that length, it’s going to be scary. Just — oh, man.”
The 19-year-old was one of the tallest and longest players in the draft. But Maker needs to add some size to his frame and adopt the speed of the NBA to get significant playing minutes for the Bucks.
The Milwaukee lineup comprises of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Carter-Williams, John Henson and Khris Middleton, according to the Fox Sports. The franchise is emerging as the poster boy of the league’s new brand of “positionless” basketball.
How can Maker fit in the Bucks’ lineup?
The seven-footer mystery-man can play as a power forward alongside Greg Monroe. This would open many options for the Bucks. Maker shot the ball extremely well during the workouts. If the Sudanese-Australian hits the jump shots from the perimeter consistently, that would open the floor for the much-established players like Monroe, Parker and Antetokounmpo to do their job inside the paint.
The maker’s work ethic has been praised throughout his school life. He needs to bank on it to crack the Milwaukee’s rotation, which has a number of forwards. Bucks’ general manager John Hammond fell in love with the Maker’s attitude and competitiveness, according to a league source.
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