The Boston Celtics are in need of immediate impact players to capitalize on their already promising roster they have in place. Armed with a plethora of draft picks in the 2016 NBA draft (eight to be exact), they are in position to make some high risk-high reward moves. No one may fit that bill more than the recently draft eligible Thon Maker.
Maker is a 7’1 man of mystery as he decided to forgo the beaten path by skipping the collegiate road altogether. After spending the last two years playing high school basketball in Ontario, he has been deemed eligible due to the fact he has been playing internationally. Once ranked as the top prospect in the country, Maker has a remarkably high ceiling.
Although his frame is not filled out yet, his tremendous wingspan enables him to be a defensive standout in the paint. He has shown patient timing blocking shots and disrupts the vast majority of plays within the key. He has shown tenacity to tear down rebounds on both ends of the floor yet is in need of adding muscle to compete with the big men at the NBA level. Low post defense may come as an initial challenge but building his frame can be achieved fairly easily.
Where Maker truly stands out is on the offensive end of the floor as he has displayed an uncanny ability to score in a variety of ways. His low post offense is diverse, as he has a consistent hook shot that falls within ten feet and has established himself as a threat possessing a mid range jump shot. His plus passing skills have separated him from the competition, as he is able to deliver the ball to the open man with court vision comparable to that of a point guard. Maker also is able to handle the ball in a way that that is extremely rare for his size, making him a dynamic offensive threat that can create his own shots, demand double teams, as well as producing shots for others.
The Boston Celtics are in need of a big man that can help establish paint presence while also being considerably skilled on the offensive end of the floor. In possession of two mid-to-late first round picks, Maker is likely to be available at pick sixteen, which would entirely make sense for the Celtics to take a chance on as players usually need time to develop at that point in the draft. There is no doubt Maker will need time to develop his body and low post defensive game, but his potential is as high as most being considered in the lottery. There is good reason for the hype surrounding Maker, and if the Celtics elect to keep their three first round picks, Maker should be taken into serious consideration.