Thon Maker will be entering the 2016 NBA Draft as one of the most intriguing prospects even though he has never played at the collegiate level. Maker became famous due to a number of mixtapes on YouTube showing many of his highlights.
According to FOX Sports, the 19-year-old player is projected to be a late first-round pick. He did not participate in any 5-on-5 drills but his measurements and team interviews were very impressive.
Maker stands 7-foot-1, weighs in at 216 lbs with a wingspan of 7-foot-3 and standing reach of 9-foot-2.5. He has a maximum vertical leap of 36.5 inches, which is the highest in NBA Draft Combine history for prospects with a height of 6-foot-11 or taller.
The Canadian prospect from originally from Sudan met with a total of 12 teams, including the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, in the combine. During the interviews, teams were impressed with his maturity and competitive nature which are his biggest assets.
“Through the interviews, most of the teams are really getting to know what type of person I am, and how good of a person I am,” Maker said.
“Kevin Garnett. I can see myself being a modern version of Kevin Garnett. Intensity, leadership, and hard work. That’s contagious and rubs off on his teammates. Defensive presence and offense, too,” he added.
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In a report by Michigan Live, the Pistons are very interested in selecting Maker with their 18th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. General manager Jeff Bower admitted in an interview that the team is willing to take a chance on the teenager since their roster is already playoff-ready following a 44-win season.
“I think we could. I think the strength of the draft is such that picking at 18, you’re going to look for some ways to make a difference and that’s one avenue that we’ve looked at,” Bower said.
The 2016 NBA Draft will be on June 23, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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