It was only a matter of time before more people realised what The Dunkyard has known for the last two years. Even teammate Jason Terry calls him ‘Mr Maker’. That’s right, today, it’s Mr Maker to you:
Earlier this month he knocked down three consecutive three-pointers late in a game against Exum’s Utah Jazz while putting up career highs in points (12) and rebounds (five).
But it’s what Maker is doing behind the scenes which has led to some rave reviews in recent weeks. Maker’s positive attitude and approach to training have his teammates convinced the 19-year-old’s not only going to make it at NBA level — but dominate.
“You can quote me right now … Maker’s going to be the best seven-foot player in this league. He’s going to. He’s that good, man,” forward Jabari Parker recently told The Lead.
“If he was on a team like Philly — or one of the teams that’s below .500 — he’d be averaging 15 (points) and 10 (rebounds) easily, because his skill-set is so amazing. He can shoot the ball, he can put it on the ground and he’s athletic. He has a quick first step for his size, agile, great hands and a good feel for the game — and it’s only going to get better.”
Kevin Garnett, who Maker is often compared to because of his length, shooting touch and commitment to defence, visited the Bucks to tutor the young charge late last year.
The NBA champion was most impressed with the Sudanese-born project’s “focus and appetite”. “Thon Maker, he was refreshing,” Garnett said. “Just having an appetite and being in there, ‘I want to work on this’. I gave (advice) to him. Thon, I’m looking for you coming soon. Seriously.”
Bucks veteran Jason Terry, who played with Garnett in Boston and Brooklyn, immediately thought of his former teammate when he first saw Maker in the gym.
“When I look at Mr. Maker, the first impression you get is: This kid resembles Kevin Garnett a little bit, just in his stature and build,” said Terry, in a magazine piece on Maker published by Bleacher Report. “And then you watch him play? And you’re like, ‘Whoa’.”