Class of 2015: Thon Maker – Player Profile

By Evan Caulfield on July 6, 2014

2016 NBA Draft: Thon Maker - Player Profile

7’1″ big man Thon Maker has drawn comparisons to Thunder superstar Kevin Durant thanks to his superb ball handling, sweet shooting stroke and jaw dropping mobility. Checkout his full player profile as we cover the prospect’s biggest strengths and weaknesses.

  • Birthday: 02/25/97
  • Position: C/PF
  • Height: 7’1″
  • Wingspan: 7’3″
  • Weight: 210
  • Hometown: Australia
  • School: Carlisle School, VA
  • Draft Class: 2016
  • Statistics: 21.3 PPG, 13.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.2 SPG, 4.2 BPG, 48.0 FG%, 29.0 3FG%

 

  • Strengths
  • Extremely agile, athletic and gifted 7 footer that has limitless potential. Possesses smooth ball handling skills for a big man, with the ability to go from coast to coast or even break down defenders 1-on-1. He uses his length to his advantage, finishing above the rim with ease or even squaring up and shooting jumpers from mid to long range. Defensively he can be just as dominant, blocking shots (4.2 BPG) with reckless abandon and using his length to grab rebounds (13.3 RPG) and excel at protecting the rim. He’s only 17 years old, so he could end up being 7’2″ or more by the time he starts playing college ball.

 

  • Weaknesses
  • Still pretty raw since he didn’t start playing basketball until he was 12 years old. He often appears out of place inside and lacks a set of go-to moves in the post, which raises questions about whether or not he’ll be able to play the center position at the next level. One of his biggest issues is how many contested shots he opts to take, especially from long range which has dramatically impacted his 3 point efficiency. It’s vital he adds more weight to his wiry frame, as he’s bound to struggle against larger big men inside once he faces stiffer competition.

 

Fun Fact:  Thon Maker originally played soccer as a child in Australia, but started focusing on basketball at a later age. His favorite athlete growing up was Arsenal striker Theo Walcott.

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