Thon Maker

Thon Marial Maker (born 25 February 1997) is a South Sudanese-Australian professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He attended high school at Orangeville District Secondary School and played basketball for Canada’s Athlete Institute. Coming out of high school, Maker was considered a five-star recruit by most basketball recruiting services.

Maker attended the 2016 NBA Draft Combine, where he was measured as the third-tallest player without shoes at 6’11.75″ and recorded the highest no-step vertical jump (32″) of any player over 6’11” in NBA Draft Combine history. In the days leading up to the draft, a number of teams ruled themselves out of selecting Maker in the first round over concerns that his age had been misrepresented, as some believed Maker to be between 21–23 years of age despite being officially listed as a 19-year-old. Despite those concerns set around that time, he was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first high school player taken in the first round since the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect.

During the 2016 NBA Summer League, Maker averaged 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds in five games for the Bucks and subsequently earned All-NBA Summer League Second Team honours. On 30 July 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Bucks. Maker made his NBA debut on 30 October 2016, entering the game with 95 seconds remaining in the final term of the Bucks’ 98–83 loss to the Detroit Pistons; he recorded one rebound.[32] Four days later, he came off the bench for the final minute of the Bucks’ 125–107 win over the Indiana Pacers and hit two three-pointers.20170113_21150220170113_211522