Bucks news: Thon Maker's brother, Matur, will work out for Milwaukee
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Thon Maker’s brother, Matur, will work out for Milwaukee

Matur Maker

The Milwaukee Bucks will host Matur Maker, the younger brother of Detroit Pistons big man Thon Maker, for a pre-draft workout, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

Maker played overseas last season, with separate stints in the Swiss Basketball League and Slovenian Basketball League, after playing a post-graduate season at Mississauga Prep in Ontario, CA. He declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, but ultimately withdrew after failing to receive positive feedback from league personnel during the pre-draft process.

At 6-foot-10, 200 pounds, with an extremely slender build, Maker’s game is much like his older brothers. He moves well for a big man and has the beginnings of legitimate shooting range, but lacks high-level offensive skill and nuance otherwise and too often falls victim to a lack of strength and physicality defensively. At this point, he’s more likely to be an undrafted free agent than hear his name called on June 20th.

The Bucks shocked the basketball world when they made Thon Maker the tenth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. A mixtape prodigy whose fame was at an all-time high early in his high school career, Maker flashed on both ends for Milwaukee as a rookie, especially in the playoffs, when he played a key role in his underdog team taking the Toronto Raptors to a hard-fought six-games in the first round.

Maker failed to develop as a sophomore, though, and completely fell out of favor with new head coach Mike Budenholzer in 2018-19. He was traded to the Detroit Pistons in February, for whom he averaged 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on 37.3 percent shooting.