The Detroit Pistons own the No. 18 and the No. 49 pick in the upcoming NBA draft on June 23 and sources reveal that they are strongly considering Thon Maker with their first round pick.
Maker was ranked 19th recently by the ESPN.com. The Sudanese native is considered as an enigma in this edition of the NBA Draft. Chad Ford picked Maker acting as the Pistons’ GM.
7-footer Maker has an intriguing measure, he has 7-foot-3 wing span along with 36-inch vertical leap which makes him a potential shot-blocker in the league. The 19-year-old featured for Ontario prep school most recently and declared himself for the NBA Draft by skipping college.
Many teams have shown interest in Maker. The San Antonio Spurs have observed the 19-year-old’s skill set most recently in a pre-draft workout session. But ESPN writer Chad Ford surprised the NBA circuit by picking the mystery man Thon Maker with the eighteenth overall pick, acting as the Detroit GM.
Why are the Pistons considering Maker as their first round pick?
The 19-year-old power forward worked out with the Pistons on June 3. Whenever the franchise considers any power forward or center, they prioritize figuring out how well the guy would mesh with their key player Andre Drummond. And for the South Sudanese native, the Pistons’ front office have a feeling that he is an ideal player to compliment Drummond, according to the league’s official site. But any team picking Maker needs to develop him as a potential NBA star. Even the scouts think one can’t expect the rookie to post stellar show in the next couple of seasons.
I see myself used in terms of reading mismatches. If it’s small, go inside. If it’s big, come outside. And if it’s in between, then work him, make him think you’re going outside, go back inside. Just play chess.” The 19-year-old revealed after working out with Detroit.
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