Rookie Thon Maker Swats Three Shots In 3rd Quarter Of Impressive Playoff Debut
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Kevin Garnett thinks 20-year old Bucks rookie Thon Maker has the potential to be a MVP one day. On Saturday, in his playoff debut, the potential was on full display as Maker blocked three shots — all in the third quarter and two led to layups by the Greek Freak — grabbed three boards, stole the ball from DeRozan and scored four points on two for two shooting in just 15 minutes of action.
“I had to affect the game somehow,” Said Maker to TheScore after the Bucks victory. “I don’t like being out there and not doing anything to help my team. Then you might as well not be on the floor. I feel like I’ve got to find a way to impact the game, and if it’s not on offense, I’ve got to find a way on the defensive end. At the end of the day, it’s basketball – you’ve got to stop the other team from scoring, just like you have to score on the other end.”
Makers’ 39-year old teammate Jason Terry was full of praise for the rookie.
“What I saw from him is what I’ve seen since day one – high basketball IQ, high motor,” Jason Terry told TheScore. “For GMs, for (player) personnel guys who are scouting and trying to figure out what they want in a big, in any system, you need a big that has a high basketball IQ and a high motor. He does it every single night. He does his job, and when he’s not doing his job, he’s very vocal and in-tune to the game. He plays beyond his years.”
Two week ago, the former Ballislife All-American Game MVP played a season-high 25 minutes and responded with a career-high 23 points on 9 for 12 shooting, including four for seven from three.