Thon Maker

Position
Height
Birthdate
Jnr. Association
Born
Center
216cm
25 Feb 97
St. George (NSW)
Wau (Sudan)

Player profile

Thon Maker was born in Wau, South Sudan but due to the conflict from the civil war, he fled the country along with his Aunt, Uncle and younger brother Matur when he was five.

The family were accepted as refugees by Australia and settled in Perth, WA. When he was 14 years old a local basketball coach, Ed Smith,  who had previously helped other Sudanese immigrants Ater Majok and Mathiang Muo to become professional basketball players offered to move Thon to Sydney and play for the St. George Basketball Association.

In 2011. Maker and Smith moved to the United States and Thon began playing basketball for Carlisle School in Martinsville, Virginia. In 2013-14 he earned Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year honours and led the school to a state championship.

In 2014, Thon moved with his brother moved to the Athlete Institute in Mono, Ontario where Ed Smith had become an assistant coach. He also played basketball at nearby Orangeville District Secondary School in the nearby town of Orangeville while attending the Institute.

Despite being recruited by numerous NCAA schools like Arizona State, Florida State, Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky on April 3rd 2016, Maker nominated for the 2016 NBA draft.

 

NBA

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.

Makers draft stock grew exponentially as a result and he was chosen with the 10th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Maker made his NBA debut on 30 October 2016, entering the game with 95 seconds left in a game against fellow Australian Aron Baynes and the Detroit Pistons. He notched up one rebound.

In January Milwaukee head coach Jason Kidd stated he would move Thon into the starting lineup for the rest of the season. Despite playing limited minutes, he remained a starter until the team were eliminated from the NBA playoffs in the first round by the Toronto Raptors. He had his best game against the Detroit Pistons on 31 March 2017 when he scored 23 points in a 108–105 victory.

He had his best game against the Detroit Pistons on 31 March 2017 when he scored 23 points in a 108–105 victory. He averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists in 9.9 minutes per game as a rookie.

AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS

Maker has confirmed he plans to play for Australia at the next major FIBA tournament.

NBA Stats

Season Age Tm Pos G GS MP FG% 3P% 2P% eFG% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2016-1719MILC57349.9.459.378.514.536.6530.71.32.00.40.20.50.31.54.0
Career57349.9.459.378.514.536.6530.71.32.00.40.20.50.31.54.0

current salary and contract

June 23, 2016: Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.

July 30, 2016: Signed a multi-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks

In 2016, Thon Maker signed a four-year deal worth $11,750,000 to play with the Milwaukee Bucks. The final two years include a conditional team option. 

Year
Team
Age
Salary
2017-18
 
20
$2,684,160
2018-19
21
$2,799,720
2019-20
22
$3,569,643
2018
Thon Maker will become uncontracted in 2020

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