Kevin Garnett has gone above and beyond to compliment the talents of his protege, rookie Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks. The “Big Ticket” went as far as noting that true greatness can be on his future.
"Kevin Garnett told me that Thon Maker will be the MVP of the league one day." –@RealVinBaker saying KG said that Vin can quote him on that
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 20, 2017
Garnett has never been shy about making predictions, but this might be a far reach given how green a talent the Bucks’ forward is. Despite having a Hall of Fame-worthy career, Garnett won his only MVP in the 2003-04 season, after coming close to the award the previous two, finishing second and third in the race to back-to-back MVP Tim Duncan.
The 20-year-old Maker is just starting to garner limited minutes under head coach Jason Kidd but is expected to turn his raw talent into game-changing production in the next few offseasons.
Garnett has been his mentor when it comes to back-to-the-basket fundamentals — everything from positioning to attitude, footwork, posture, and advanced counter-mechanics.
At 7-foot-1, Maker is able to step out and shoot the three, while punishing opponents down low and blocking shots at the other end of the floor. The rookie enjoyed a career-night last month against the Indiana Pacers, playing 22 minutes and scoring 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor and 3-of-5 on threes.
Only time will tell if Garnett is indeed right about his hunch, but he’s already put the league on notice after leaving Chris Andersen‘s career in crutches for good.