Anonymous
Earlier this year

Time to write off Thon Maker?

I hate to say it but Maker hasn't lived up to his high draft pick. Originally I thought he was being hidden away by Milwaukee and not being given an opportunity, but I’m yet to see him become the player we thought he would be whilst at Detroit. His lack of strength or ability to contribute meaningfully any time he’s given a start or quality minutes has become painfully exposed.

Time to write him off as a bust, and how long until he’s in Europe or suiting up in the NBL?

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

his best mate the Greek freak probably help him say in the NBA

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He's still only 22 (if thats his real age lol). Still has at least a few years with the 'potential' tag attached to him before he's considered a total bust and out of the league if he doesn't improve.

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Melbourne Boy  
Earlier this year

The fact he's had periods of seasons showing the ability to hit the 3, he's got at least a few more years to try and gain some consistency and teams will give him a chance. Floor spacing rim protectors don't grow on trees.

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Cram  
Earlier this year

He's shown enough glimpses to ensure he'll be kept around for potential for at least a couple more years.

Seeing the progress a guy like Pascal Siakam made this season as a 25 year old shows guys can get it together later - especially those who came to the game at a later age.

He's been consistently a plus defender too, and with his length and agility should find himself a role there for the most part. The key will be finding what his role is on the offensive end.

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D2.0  
Earlier this year

At the risk of digging up the same old dirt, the question of his real age does come into it.
In terms of how much of his career is still ahead of him, and how much upside potential he still has.

Also, you can't really continue to judge players based on their draft pick. High or low, its still a gamble.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Ooh wow somehow I had forgotten that he was drafted No.l0 overall. That does make him a bust unfortunately.

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Isaac  
Earlier this year

Here are his 538 projections. A comparison to Yi isn't super-flattering.

Might be premature to write him off, but he's certainly getting his opportunities with Milwaukee and Detroit.

27% FG and 0/12 3P in the post-season.

Detroit are pretty thin at his position after Griffin so that at least works in his favour.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Long way to go at 22 years old, but if he's actually older than that going to be a lot harder. At least he’s enjoying the pay packet.

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PyroCross  
Earlier this year

I think we need to remember he was put in mock drafts in the late first round - Milwaukee took a surprising flyer on him hoping he would develop (in the same way they made the call with Giannis).

He's got time. He may need to get gametime in the G-League to validate his position as an NBA player, but he's definitely got time. Look at Bruno Caboclo - the guy who was two years from being two years away has kinda made it, I guess?

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Ben  
Earlier this year

Caboclo. Not sure how much stock we can take from his end of season run? The Grizzlies were absolutely tanking and threw him (and others) out there to ensure they weren't competitive. Lots of run in junk games.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

As a raptors fan it would be appreciated if Bruno was never mentioned again. Thank you in advance.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

I'll make my judgment at the end of next season.

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Hogwash  
Earlier this year

Not so much time to write him off but wouldn't be calling him a lock for Boomers yet.

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

Who cares about Thon's age - Mutumbo played until he was 60.

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PersonalFoul  
Earlier this year

I can't see NBA GMs won't be writing off that sort of size and potential at 22, there are worse players who have played out long careers with less natural talent.

Can't see him in the NBL anytime soon

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Anonymous  
Earlier this year

He is likely a 'bust' relative to the lottery status, and he has some major flaws I don't think he'll ever improve upon, but ge does bring some pretty major elements to the table - he plays hard, can really block shots as well as move his feet, can stretch the floor with the 3 ball and run the floor. Hands, strength and general coordination will really limit him but I would be disappointed if he didn't crack the Boomers squad. Possible purely due to our frontcourt depth - he's clearly 3rd string behind Bogut/Baynes, and Bolden/Simmons can slide up to the 5 too.

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