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Pistons and Celtics impressed by Maker
Thon Maker's pre-draft workout schedule has been one of the busiest of any NBA Draft prospect. In the past week Maker has worked out for the Pistons and the Celtics, making it 7 teams that he has worked out for. He has previously worked out for Atlanta, Chicago, Utah, Phoenix and Indiana.
Maker again was able to demonstrate his capabilities on court, and continued to impress with his interviews.
"With the workouts, I am just trying to be solid," outlined Maker to the media after his workout with the Pistons.
"I try to make every shot. I try to make everything as perfect as possible, and what happens, happens. With the interviews, it is just me being me. No special questions, no special answers."
On what type of feedback he has been receiving from NBA teams, Maker explained it had all been positive to date.
"Great feedback," shared Maker. "It's all been positive, and I'm just told not to worry about where I land, just continue to perform, then things will work out."
When asked about what he thought about what is being written about him in the media, being cast as the 'mystery man' of the draft, Maker was quick to point out that he was not one to go and read about himself.
"I tend not to read about all that," added Maker. "I don't really like reading about myself. I don't know those guys. I don't know what their background has been. Have they played basketball? I don't know. I don't know them, I just don't know them. So, I don't trust them."
Maker reinforced that he sees himself as being able to play inside and outside. Not long after, Maker had the media in raptures in responding to how he is adding weight.
"Just eat!" exclaimed Maker.
Maker then made the trip to Boston to work out for the Celtics, grouped with Alex Caruso (Texas A&M), Juan Hernangomez (Spain), Damion Jones (Vanderbilt), Georgios Pappagiannis (Greece) and Rasheed Sulaimon (Maryland).
Celtics Director of player personnel Austin Ainge spoke about their teams' needs.
“We take guys sometimes as projects,” said Ainge. “Sometimes you want the more ready-made guy, but that’s kind of the decision-making process. It’s hard to choose between those types of guys.”
Maker himself was pleased with how he performed.
“About myself is that, I’m pretty good,” Maker said in good humour. “Yeah. I’m pretty good. I’m blessed to be in this situation.”
Asked about his participation in any further workouts, Maker suggested a few more were still on the cards. Reports suggest that the San Antonio Spurs are likely to be his next stop.