Thon Maker Celebrity LifeBorn on 25th February 1997, Thon Merial Maker is a professional basketball player who plays at the National Basketball League or NBA. He is of a South Sudanese and Australian descent and currently plays for the NBA franchise Detroit Pistons.
Maker had enrolled in the Orangeville District Secondary School. He also played the game for the Athlete Institute of Canada. After completing his high school, most of the basketball recruiting services regarded him as a 5-star recruit.
The young basketball player was born in a city called Wau in South Sudan. It was Maker’s uncle who had arranged for Maker, the player’s aunt, and his younger brother to flee to Uganda as the country was in the midst of a civil war. Australia accepted them as refugees when they left Uganda. At that time the player was only 5-year-old and the family decided to settle down in Australia.
Edward Smith, an Australian who is of African-American descent and helps immigrant kids to get better opportunities that they usually do not get in the regular course of life, discover Maker playing Soccer. The player was only 14-year-old at that time. Previously, Smith has also helped other Sudanese immigrants like Mathiang Muo and Ater Majok who also play basketball professionally at present.
Smith assisted to educate, clothe, and feed the player in the city of Sydney. At that time, Maker was playing basketball for the St. George Basketball Association. Immediately before the playoffs of the team, Smith and Maker shifted to Texas to participate in a talent camp.
Professional Basketball Career
The player participated in the NBA Draft Combine of 2016 where he was found to be the 3rd tallest basketball player. He measured 6 feet 11 inches and 75 cms without his shoes. In the following days, many of the teams in the league decided not to select him in the 1st round because there were some issues regarding the misrepresentation of his age.
He became the first basketball player from a high school chosen in the 1st round since the Collective Bargaining Agreement of 2005 came into effect.
1. Milwaukee Bucks from 2016 to 2019
2. Detroit Pistons from 2019 to presentThe Detroit Piston acquired the player on 7th February 2018. It was a 3-team trade and involved the New Orleans Pelicans, as well as, the Bucks. His performance helped the Pistons to defeat the Atlanta Hawks on 22nd February where the final score was a 125-122.
A Career in National Team
Mark played his debut game internationally on 29th June 208 for Australia when he took part in the FIBA World Cup Qualifier. His team played the match against Japan then. He got suspended and could not play 3 games in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Asian qualification match.
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