Uh oh. This isn’t going well at all.
Less than a week after Thon Maker was the No. 10 overall selection in the NBA Draft, the Sudanese-born Australian native had a pre-draft video released that offered up a glowing assessment of Maker’s talents … delivered by Maker himself.
“This game is moving in terms of length, speed, quickness. I possess those,” Maker told reporters. “I think it’s going to help me out.
“(I compare my game to) Kevin Garnett. A lot of people say I’m a modern version of KG. Being able to stretch the floor a little more, and I don’t talk trash, but put the ball on the floor a little more.”
Whoa. Let’s back up the truck, Mr. Maker. There’s no doubt that Maker has an extraordinary amount of raw talent, particularly if he is just 19-years-old. Like KG, he hasn’t played a minute of collegiate basketball.
Unlike KG, Maker has yet to average nearly 30 minutes per game as a rookie, as The Big Lead noted. Nor has he averaged double figure scoring and nearly 7 boards per game as a 19-year-old (yes, that’s Garnett’s rookie stat line).
Also, does this guy strike you as intense as KG?
So, no. Thon Maker can not be the modern KG. At least not until he breaks out the gates to the tune of a nightly double-double and a true rotation spot for the Bucks. If that does happen? Well, then we’ll be the first to acknowledge Maker as a modern version of KG, or anything else he wants to be.