The San Antonio Spurs own the 29th overall pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA draft. The Spurs don’t have any second round pick this summer, and may consider Thon Maker with their penultimate pick.
Thon Maker has impressed the scouts in the NBA draft combine in Chicago last month. 7-foot-1, with a 36.5-inch running vertical jump is the highest recorded by a seven footer in draft combine history.
The Spurs selected back up point guard Corey Joseph out of the University of Texas when they had the penultimate draft pick for the last time in 2011, according to My San Antonio. Joseph wasn’t spectacular, but proved to be an effective player on the team.
As of now, the South Sudanese born Maker sits on the interim phase at the end of the first round pick and the beginning of the second round. The Spurs can bet on the 19-year-old seven footer. Maker has displayed remarkable three-point shooting and ball handling skills rarely visible for a guy of his size or age.
But the teams aren’t confident about Maker as they haven’t seen him play in competitive college level basketball. He declared himself available for the NBA draft directly from high school. A special permission was required from the NBA for Maker to enter this season’s draft. That’s why the player of Sudanese origin isn’t a projected draft pick this season.
If San Antonio select Maker, they’ll have to groom him for long-term. With the 29th pick, the odds of picking an immediate contributor is not high. Maker may not yield dividends in his first year, but by virtue of his height and skill-set, he could evolve as an asset for the team.
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