Maker provided 11 points (3-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 21 minutes Thursday in a 104-77 win over the Raptors in Game 3 of the series.
While Maker isn't posting explosive stat lines for the Bucks, he's gradually earning the trust of coach Jason Kidd, as he's been over the 20-minute mark in back-to-back games. The 20-year-old's incredible length and ability to stretch the floor has made him a key complementary player and a good change-of-pace option at center from Greg Monroe, who boasts a more traditional interior game.
Maker posted 23 points (9-12 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two rebounds, and one steal over 25 minutes in Friday's 108-105 overtime win against the Pistons.
Maker has been lurking around the Bucks starting five for almost a month now, posting stat lines that can be called underwhelming at best. He posted career-highs in usage and points on Friday, but it remains to be seen if the Aussie has what it takes to make this kind of impact consistently. For now, Friday's outing is an aberration, and he should still be ignored in most formats unless DFS players wish to take a flier on him in a large-field tournament contest.
Maker tallied three points (1-2 FG, 1-1 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one blocked shot across 11 minutes in Monday's 113-93 loss to the Grizzlies.
Maker only made one bucket in an uneventful start at center on Monday, as he quickly gave way to John Henson and Greg Monroe as the game progressed. This has been a familiar tune of musical chairs since the team lost Jabari Parker (knee) to injury, and it seems that despite playing solely from the bench, Monroe has been the primary beneficiary. At this point, Monroe is the only player in this rotation that garners serious attention as he has logged an average of 26.7 minutes per game since Parker's injury, while Maker has seen an average of only 12.4 minutes per game in that time span. Henson has even done better than Maker with 17.4 minutes per game, and he has only seen the floor in 7 of the 15 games the Bucks have played without Parker. It's hard to find a reason to consider Maker in this crowded group.
Maker will draw the start at center for Monday's tilt against the Cavaliers, despite an earlier report which indicated that John Henson would start.
Maker has started at center for the Bucks since Jabari Parker (knee) went down for the season, and has averaged 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds across 16.3 minutes per game in that role. That being said, his minutes severely limit his fantasy potential, and he should probably still be avoided in most fantasy formats.
Coach Jason Kidd has decided to go with John Henson at the center slot to face up against a great rebounder for the Cavaliers in Tristan Thompson. It's unknown whether or not Maker will even see the floor, considering Kidd often relies heavily on Greg Monroe off the bench, and is not shy to hand out DNP-CDs on a regular basis.
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