Milwaukee, Wisconsin: A city that prides itself in two professional sports teams. A city that loves to drink plenty of beer. A city that is home to the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA. Although the city deeply cares about the franchise and loves to support them 100% of the way, the offseason is still occurring and regular season basketball won’t return to Milwaukee for another four months.
Meeting the Maker:
With that, all we can do now is critique and predict. Right now, we continue our critiques of last year’s Bucks talent and coming in at No. 9, its the big man, Thon Maker. The former 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft had high hopes coming into the league. However, it seems as though he hasn’t completely lived up to the hype just yet.
That being said, Maker has still shown flashes of true potential. For example, in the Bucks’ recent postseason battle with the Boston Celtics, Maker recorded countless blocks throughout the seven-game series. His long reaching ability and tremendous athleticism can allow the center to stretch very far across the court. It has helped stretch the Bucks’ rotation in general (especially since Thon can shoot from long distance too).
Averaging 4.8 points per game as well as three rebounds and 0.6 assists. Maker was an important bench player and significantly impacted Milwaukee’s season. His minutes increased from the previous season by almost seven total minutes. If he continues to show growth, new head coach Mike Budensholzer may be able to further his development.
Overall, the upcoming players might not be as impactful as Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker were. Every player has his role on the team. Even if that player barely gets to step foot on the court, the fact that they’re in the league proves their worth. Just a heads up, the rest of the list gets a little more boring.