We are getting to the starting 5 and our next elimination is Thon Maker. Maker came into last season a huge unknown with most only seeing him from THAT mixtape so there were plenty of questions that we as fans needed answered. With three other centers on the roster and each of them making too much money to ride the bench, Thon’s appearances at the beginning of the season were fleeting, with the majority being garbage time minutes. The most notable occurrence was when when he broke Chris “Birdman” Andersen’s ankle in the Bucks blowout win against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, as the season progressed and Miles Plumlee got traded, Thon was given more chances to play and eventually was given the starting center spot after Jabari Parker’s injury. From that point on, Thon would go on to start every game for the remainder of the season including the playoffs.
There were plenty of questions everyone had going into the season including would Thon be able to handle the physicality of the NBA? Will he have a role on the team? What will he bring to the table? It seems Thon was able to answer those questions; he will be the team’s starting center for the foreseeable future considering he did appear in over half of the season’s games. What Thon brings to the table is limited at this point but also needed; he has shown flashes of being a plus defender with his shot blocking/altering ability and has the foot speed to stay with some point guards.
His offensive skillset at the moment is limited, but he has the shooting stroke to be a good pick & pop player, which will be needed to help space the floor with Giannis.
Thon will need to significantly improve in some areas like rebounding if he is going to be a net positive while on the court though. Hopefully, a stronger body with more experience will help in this area as his total rebound rate of 11% is not going to cut it for a center you hope to be a piece of a hopeful championship squad.
Thon’s ceiling is always enticing and we all hope he can achieve it. The work ethic is there, and he is gaining the trust of Giannis. Thon doesn’t have to be a go-to scorer or have a post arsenal, if he continues to hit 3-pointers at a respectable percentage that will be fine. Defensively, he will have to increase his rebounding and cut down the fouls but him in the lineup *should* help the Bucks defensive rating overall. Thon could jump as high as number two in the future if things break right, but for now I think 5th will have to do.
Brew Hoop 2017-18 Roster Ranking
5. Thon Maker
6. Greg Monroe
7. Tony Snell
8. D.J. Wilson
9. Matthew Dellavedova
10. Sterling Brown
11. Mirza Teletovic
12. John Henson
13. Rashad Vaughn
14. Spencer Hawes
15. Gary Payton II
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