Bucks take big man Thon Maker with 1st pick

Bucks take big man Thon Maker with 1st pick

The Milwaukee Bucks have taken Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft, a 19-year-old big man who could be a long-term project.

The 7-foot-1-inch Australian played last year for the Athlete Institute in Canada.

An NBA.com scouting report says Maker has a defensive upside and potential as a shooter.

The Bucks needed a big man who could defend, rebound and provide another physical presence. They also could use a 3-point shooter and another ball-handler.

They went with a young big man to join young cornerstone forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

General manager John Hammond took a risk on international prospect Antetokounmpo in the 2013 draft that has paid off. The Bucks hope they can get the same return eventually on Maker.

Maker was the first player chosen in the NBA draft who wasn’t in the Green Room when his name was called. He was sitting in the stands with family and the crowd around him exploded with cheers when his name was called.

Maker, who played in Australia, said he made the longer walk to the stage because he sat where he was “comfortable” and wanted to be with his family.