From the moment Thon Maker entered the NBA, the Sudanese-born Australian has spoken always about his determination to get better every day. The Milwaukee Bucks took a chance on Maker, drafting him with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 draft — hoping to unearth another gem like they did with Giannis Antetokounmpo three years prior — and he certainly displayed glimpses of his potential last season.
But the hard work towards getting better is put in through the summer, and Maker spent his time in the past off-season in a hot, sweaty gym with Antetokounmpo and his brother Thanasis, preparing for his sophomore season.
“We were doing three-a-days — two basketball sessions, one weight room session — for what was supposed to be a 21 day-straight schedule, and take Sundays off,” Maker tells ESPN. “We did that, but I was in the Summer League for a little bit and when I came back they had already started going full speed. It was like a mini-camp. It was supposed to be his individual thing, but he wanted me to join him so I did.”