Maker appeared in 60 out of 66 possible games for the Pistons during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. The seven-foot center averaged 4.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks per contest. Maker also set career highs in both field goal (48.2) and three-point (34.4) percentage. The first of Maker's two double-doubles occurred Jan 22. when Maker posted 10 points, 10 boards and two blocks during a home win over the Kings. On Feb. 7, Maker scored a season-high 19 points, plus snagged seven boards, during a loss at Oklahoma City. Three nights later, Maker scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high with 12 rebounds during a home loss to the Hornets. Maker's other single-game season highs were 19 points, four blocks, three three-pointers, three steals and two assists. Maker's longest streak of double-digit points was three games from Feb. 10 through Feb. 20. During that stretch, Maker averaged 13.7 points on 9.0 shots, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 assists. In the seven games that Maker saw at least 24 minutes, he averaged 9.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal. Maker had 11 games with two or more blocks.2018
Dealt from Milwaukee to Detroit in mid-February, Maker quickly asserted himself as a valuable bench piece for the Pistons. In 35 games with the Bucks, Maker played only 12 minutes per contest. With Detroit, Maker averaged 19 minutes per contest following the trade. On Mar. 18 with Detroit, Maker gathered a season-high nine rebounds during a loss at Cleveland. On Apr. 1, he delivered a 42-minute performance against Indiana in which he finished with a season-high 14 points, six rebounds and four blocks. Maker improved his outside shooting over the course of the season. He averaged nearly one made three (0.8) per contest and sunk a game-winning triple in a 125-122 win over Atlanta on Feb. 22. Maker remained a shot blocking threat. He posted at least two blocks in seven of his final 16 games, including at least three blocks three separate times. Maker appeared in all four of Detroit's playoff games, supplying 5.5 points and 1.0 block per post-season contest. He started two of those four games in a change-of-pace move to try and slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 7-foot-1 big man is still just 22 years of age -- he'll turn 23 in February of 2020.2017
During Maker's second year in the NBA, he appeared in a career-best 72 contests for the Bucks. Maker averaged 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds despite averaging just 16.7 minutes. The South Sudan native scored in double digits on nine occasions and had a season-high 16 points twice. His best month of the year came in February, when he managed 7.5 points and 2.7 rebounds over 12 contests. Maker was also a force defensively. He blocked at least two shots in nine different games during the regular season. The 7-foot, 221-pounder finished his sophomore campaign with 0.7 blocks and 0.5 steals, both of which were upticks over his rookie campaign. In terms of the playoffs, Maker posted five blocks in back-to-back games during Round 1 against the Celtics. His best postseason output came in Game 3, which featured 14 points, five rebounds and five blocks.2016
The 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Maker made an instant impact for the Bucks as a rookie. He appeared in 57 games, making 34 starts and logging 9.9 minutes per contest. Maker translated that to averages of 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 blocks. Maker scored his first NBA points against the Pacers on Nov. 3, when he finished with six points. On Jan. 21 against Miami, Maker made his first career start. Against Detroit on March 31, Maker scored a career-high 23 points to go with three rebounds and a steal. In the regular season finale on April 12 in Boston, Maker recorded nine points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. In the playoffs, Maker started all six of the Bucks' first-round games against the Celtics. For the series, he posted averages of 5.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 blocks in 10.4 minutes of run.
June 23, 2016Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
July 30, 2016Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
February 7, 2019As part of a 3-team trade, Maker was traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Detroit Pistons; the Detroit Pistons traded Stanley Johnson to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Milwaukee Bucks traded Jason Smith, a 2019 2nd round draft pick, a 2020 2nd round draft pick, a 2020 2nd round draft pick and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; and the New Orleans Pelicans traded Nikola Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks.