Thon Maker
Thon Maker
23-Year-Old CenterC
Detroit Pistons
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Maker saw his role reduced from his second season to his third, averaging just 15.2 minutes per contest last season with Milwaukee and Detroit. Despite the downturn in playing time, Maker averaged career highs across the board with 5.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.7 assists, and his per-36 numbers were respectable. Maker was able to make a solid impact on both ends of the court on a per-minute basis, but it's unlikely he sees much of a difference in his role this season. He'll vie for backup minutes in the frontcourt behind Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond, where he'll face competition from a handful of new faces including Michael Beasley, Markieff Morris and Christian Wood. Maker is a low-usage bench option who can be safely ignored in most fantasy basketball formats. 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.
Personal Bio

Thon Marial Maker was born in 1997 in Wau, a city in northwestern South Sudan. At the age of six, his family emigrated to Australia. Maker eventually moved to the United States to play basketball. He initially played at two schools in Louisiana. Then, for high school, Maker moved to Martinsville, Virginia to attend Carlisle School HS. As a sophomore, Maker led Carlisle to a state championship and earned 2013-14 Gatorade Virginia Boys Basketball Player of the Year honors. Maker then spent two seasons in Canada at the Athlete Institute Academy in Mono, Ontario and also played for nearby Orangeville Prep. Maker is a big Arsenal soccer fan. Follow the well-traveled Maker on Twitter (@ThonMaker14) and Instagram (@ThonMaker).

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Maker was born in South Sudan and moved to Australia when he was five. He eventually played high school basketball in Virginia. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, he averaged 22.1 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.5 blocks. He participated in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit game and provided two points and 10 rebounds. He then moved to Ontario, Canada and graduated from Orangeville Prep in 2015. He was recruited by Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana and St. John's -- among other schools. After some discussion about his draft status due to age and high school graduation requirements, the NBA allowed Maker to declare for the 2016 Draft. He was selected with the No. 10 overall pick by Milwaukee.

Joins starting five
CDetroit Pistons
March 11, 2020
Maker is in the starting lineup Wednesday at Philadelphia, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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The 23-year-old will enter the starting lineup in place of John Henson (ankle), who will be sidelined at least a week. Maker is averaging 8.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.2 blocks in 21.3 minutes across 13 starts entering Wednesday.
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2019

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.

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Transaction History
  • 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 rookie contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • February 7, 2019
    As 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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Minutes pick up in loss
CDetroit Pistons
March 9, 2020
Maker tallied three points (1-5 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three steals, one block and one assist across 28 minutes Sunday in the Pistons' 96-84 loss to the Knicks.
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Decent line in 12 minutes
CDetroit Pistons
March 4, 2020
Maker (ankle) compiled five points (1-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 12 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 loss to the Thunder.
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Probable Wednesday
CDetroit Pistons
Ankle
March 3, 2020
Maker (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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Not playing Sunday
CDetroit Pistons
Ankle
March 1, 2020
Maker (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kings, Johnny Kane of Fox Sports Detroit reports.
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Questionable Sunday
CDetroit Pistons
Ankle
February 29, 2020
Maker has a right ankle sprain and is questionable for Sunday's game in Sacramento, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports.
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