“He’s playing great,” Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo, the leading vote-getting in the NBA All-Star Game, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of Thon last February. “He gained coach [Jason] Kidd’s trust. He doesn’t have a ceiling.
“As he works harder and is doing what it takes to win, he’s going to get more minutes and he’s going to get a lot better.”While Thon was a natural power forward now playing center, Matur is more of a point forward who says he can play the 1, 2 and 3 and guard all three positions as well. “I play 1-3, defend 1-3 and maybe a little of the 4 depending on how big they are,” he said. “I can play on both ends right now.” For his part, Ed Smith thinks Matur will impress NBA personnel once he officially declares for the draft and begins workouts this spring. “I’ve been around Giannis, just watching him the last couple years,” Smith said. “I went back and looked at his body and his tape and you see where the progression happened. He was a thin, lanky kid and came in to play multiple positions and, similar to Matur, is super-long. And he’s transitioned really well.” He added that Matur would likely have the same agent as Thon, who is repped by Excel Sports. “I’m very comfortable with the people who were around Thon,” Smith said. “I think they did an excellent job with Thon, but we can’t do it yet.” The NBA Draft is set for June 21 at Barclays Center. Maybe this time around, Thon Maker will be congratulating his younger brother instead of the other way around. Photo: RICK MADONIK/GETTY IMAGES *** Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook