Thon Maker
Thon Maker
22-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Pistons
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Maker was a victim of the sophomore slump, seeing his effective field-goal percentage drop from 53.6% to 46.0% and, as a result, gaining just 0.8 points per game despite averaging nearly seven more minutes. He didn't progress as a rebounder or shot-blocker, either, with his production in both categories dropping on a per-100-possessions basis. However, Maker undeniably re-energized the team during the Bucks’ opening-round playoff series against Boston, totaling 22 points, seven rebounds and 10 blocks during Games 3 and 4. Despite the incredibly small sample size, Maker’s potential was on full display. Now, it’s simply a matter of finding consistency heading into his third season. With the addition of Brook Lopez and the presence of John Henson, it won't be easy for Maker to find significantly more run in 208-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.25 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2016. Bucks exercised $2.8 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Bucks exercised $3.57 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Pistons in February of 2019.
Starting Monday
CDetroit Pistons
March 18, 2019
Updating a previous report, Maker will start Monday's game against the Cavs, Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders reports.
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A Pistons' writer initially reported that Detroit would go with Jon Leuer in place of the resting Blake Griffin, but the Pistons will go with the more sensible choice in Maker, who, unlike Leuer, has been a regular part of the rotation in recent weeks.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Though Maker’s overall numbers last season weren’t eye-popping, he often made waves when given extended run, demonstrating his upside as a player. For example, in the five games where the 7-foot-1 rookie garnered between 20 and 29 minutes, he posted 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting an impressive 22-of-44 from the field and 10-of-20 from beyond the arc. His shooting stroke and defensive potential were a large reason the Bucks took a chance on Maker, who they seemingly believe can turn into a stretch-five for them. On the year, he made 37.8 percent of his threes and blocked 1.7 shots per 36 minutes. All that said, Milwaukee has somewhat of a logjam at center with Greg Monroe, John Henson and Spencer Hawes also in the mix. So, Maker’s path to consistent playing time doesn’t look particularly promising, unless coach Jason Kidd takes some chances with him at power forward next season while Jabari Parker is out until around February with a torn ACL. Regardless, Maker can probably be avoided in nearly all Fantasy formats for the time being, as it seems unlikely his workload will see a uptick significant enough to garner consistent Fantasy production.
Widely viewed as a late-first or early second-round pick leading up to the 2016 NBA Draft, Maker's stock gained some unexpected helium, with the Bucks nabbing the biggest enigma of the draft class at No. 10 overall. Maker, a 7-foot-1, 216-pound power forward from Sudan, wasn't exposed to the game of basketball until he was 14 years old, but proved to be a quick study of the sport. Across stops at three different North American high schools, Maker emerged as one of the most coveted recruits for the Class of 2015, but he ultimately chose to stay at Athlete Institute in Canada for an extra year and reclassified as a member of the Class of 2016, making him eligible for the draft as a 19-year-old. Maker's long arms and relentless motor allow him to match up well athletically with just about any frontcourt prospect in the draft, with his 32-inch vertical jump at the NBA Combine illustrating his springiness and creating excitement about his potential as a shot blocker. Still, huge questions linger about the rest of his game. Maker's late arrival to basketball undoubtedly makes him a bit unpolished in some of the finer points of the game, particularly on the offensive end. While he's had little difficulty scoring in the prep ranks, his jump shot remains inconsistent, and he enters the NBA with less experience against higher-quality competition than any other player in this draft class. While the Bucks have stated that they expect Maker to be a rotation player off the bench right away after he excelled during the summer league, he's unlikely to produce with any sort of consistency and will be something of a project player. That said, his physical attributes give him plenty of long-term upside, so he'll be an attractive stash option in dynasty formats.
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Hits game-winner
CDetroit Pistons
February 22, 2019
Maker totaled nine points (3-8 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three rebounds, two steals and an assist across 18 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Hawks on Friday.
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Comes up small in win
CDetroit Pistons
February 11, 2019
Maker totaled five points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3Pt), four rebounds and a block across 14 minutes in the Pistons' win over the Wizards on Monday.
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Will play vs. New York
CDetroit Pistons
February 8, 2019
Maker has been officially cleared to take the court Friday against the Knicks.
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Trending in right direction
CDetroit Pistons
Not Injury Related
February 8, 2019
Maker (not injury related) could play Friday night against the Knicks, James L. Edwards III of The Athletic reports.
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Status uncertain for Friday
CDetroit Pistons
Not Injury Related
February 8, 2019
Maker did not participate in practice and may not play in Friday's game against the Knicks, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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