Thon Maker isn’t waiting time while he’s a free agent. The former Milwaukee Bucks draft pick in the 2016 NBA draft has put to work, has improved his fitness, and now looks like a totally different guy. Maker was never able to break out in the league and now is looking for a new opportunity in the association.
It’s unclear if he went to the gym and started taking his shots to improve his game, but he’s gone to the gym to lift the weights and he looks like the big brother of the 10th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. Maker shared the picture on Instagram, doing curls and showing his big muscles.
Thon Maker has spent some time in the weight room.
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 20, 2021
He surprised a lot of fans who didn’t hesitate to show their reaction, either saying he was on roids, others urging him to improve his jumpers and the rest just called him a bust.
Thon maker rn: pic.twitter.com/zW9qWyhFjo
— Heat 3x (@DadeTeflonDon) March 20, 2021
No disrespect but isn’t he a bust? Is he still in the league?
— ȶei (@IrvingsGoat) March 20, 2021
YOU DONT GET LIKE THAT LIFTING WEIGHTS
— Colin Δ (@Colin8136) March 20, 2021
3 years ago. mans been putting in work! pic.twitter.com/TTcX08Uhz3
— micah (@micahadonaii) March 20, 2021
Literally any NBA player in the weight room with a pump:
Every news outlet: OMG he’s been in the weight room!!! He’s added 60 points of PURE muscle!!!
— James (@Mo_Baammbaa) March 20, 2021
It’s because he’s doing curls, Its pretty common for your veins to pop out in your shoulders when the weight is heavy
— Slow Mo (@Slow_Mo5) March 20, 2021
Aint he like 40?
— śëx (@bamaddamayo) March 20, 2021
— Jackson (@macksonjanning) March 20, 2021
That mf went from KD to The Rock
— SupremeThaMan (@JadenHonnie) March 20, 2021
— Jakob Stutz (@stu4zy) March 20, 2021
— 〽️o (17-19)/Fade for Cade (@KingMo_S) March 20, 2021
He should’ve came in like this as a rookie. Dwight Howard used to be skinny. Emeka Okafor was going to be the top pick in Dwight’s draft. Dwight Howard worked hard on his body and showed he was a freak athlete. The Magic ended up going with Dwight over Okafor.
— Lob Ties (@LobTies) March 20, 2021
That’s a scary ass sight
— Matthew (@Matthew19877404) March 20, 2021
Looks like Thon's maker-in some muscles!
— ☮️(((Michael Welch))) (@MichaelWelchAct) March 20, 2021
WTF he was a tooth pick not long ago
— Jake #RipChadwickBoseman (@W0lfSzn0) March 20, 2021
The guy still can't play, just built muscles that's all.
— Simon Gatuz (@GatuzSimonBBall) March 20, 2021
damn man looked ripped i thought my Pistons was going to keep him. but we didn't see him apart of our future i think he's a reserve on the Cavs.
— John Pestano (@Lionsbadboy) March 20, 2021
But can he play basketball?
— Austin Aust (@AustinAust1) March 20, 2021
— (@BullsEra21) March 20, 2021
its over for the league.
— ♂️( 27-12 ) (@Embiid4Mvp) March 20, 2021
Maker’s last experience in the league was with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his third team in the league after the Bucks and the Detroit Pistons. The 24-year-old scored 30 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in eight games with the Cavs, who waived him in January.
Now he’s a free agent and this new version of him can mean he’s ready to make a return to the league. It remains to be seen if a team will give him the chance to come back but truth be told, a lot of people didn’t remember him until this picture saw the light.