The Moment Wasn’t Too Big For Thon Maker
One of the biggest concerns about Thon Maker from the jump was his lack of experience against quality competition. Before participating in some NBA Draft/combine events, the best competition he faced was Canadian high schoolers.
Obviously there was reason to be concerned that it’d take time for Thon to keep up with NBA competition. And in fairness, he hasn’t really faced any yet still. That being said, it was encouraging to see Thon not only keep up, but actually have a damn good game against the Mavericks.
Just because it wasn’t a regular season game doesn’t mean the competition wasn’t NBA caliber. This was a real NBA team the Bucks were playing, and Thon still managed nine points, four rebounds and a block.
Only Jabari Parker had a better plus/minus than Thon. Milwaukee was 13 points better than Dallas with their Maker on the floor. It’s still too early to say he’s ready for nightly NBA action, but thus far Thon Maker hasn’t shown anything that indicates he won’t be. That alone is fantastic news, considering just how raw the 19-year-old position-less wonder is.