The Los Angeles Lakers have interviewed Thon Maker. At this point, the Lakers are focusing on May 17th. The NBA draft lottery is scheduled on that day. Once the teams learn their fate in NBA draft, they can chalk out their future plans.
The Lakers are eager to know their top-three picks in the coming NBA draft. The team management is considering Thon Maker as a possible recruit with the 32nd overall pick. The franchise has already met the 7-footer in an interview session, as reports Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Several other teams are also keeping a tab on the 19-year-old player of South Sudanese descent, who has been tagged as a possible second round pick in most of the mock drafts.
“He will work out next week for the Indiana Pacers (likely on Wednesday) while Atlanta, Boston, Orlando, Detroit and Minnesota are expected to bring him in for workouts, a source told SNY.tv. He met here with Minnesota, Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Detroit, Orlando and the Lakers.” Wrote Zagoria.
Maker though disappointed the GM’s and the scouts by skipping the five-on-five game in the NBA draft combine in Chicago. Maker is an intriguing guy to follow as the league itself had declared him eligible to enter the NBA draft as an exceptional case.
NBA GMs & scouts disappointed to learn Thon Maker won't play 5-on-5 tomorrow at Combine. Really wanted to see him in a game setting
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) May 12, 2016
David Aldridge of the NBA.com has compared the promising seven footer’s style with one of the league’s former MVP, Kevin Durant.
“The video shows him dribbling behind the back, throwing down vicious dunks, nailing jumpers and layups and rejecting shot after shot. He looks like a cross between Dikembe Mutombo and Kevin Durant – pretty good company – in the video. But he also said it really does not reflect his game.”
Maker though clarified he only admires Durant as a great player. Any comparison is drawn by the media.
“Exactly, I like Durant as a player,” Maker, whohas lived in Australia, the U.S. and Canada, said with a chuckle here Friday. “They [the media] say I think I think I’m Durant.”
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