These NBA Busts Should Have Went To College Instead

25. Thon Maker

Maker checks in as the only player on this list currently listed on an NBA roster. After the 2005 season, the NBA enacted a rule which changed the eligibility requirements for players looking to join the league. Prospective draftees must be at least 19 years old as well as be one year removed from college. This effectively ended high school players jumping straight to the NBA. Maker is a specific case as he provided evidence that he had graduated from Orangeville Prep in Ontario in 2015, enabling him to become eligible for the 2016 draft.

Maker had burst onto the scene as a 7th grader, and his ascent was well-documented as the use of YouTube and other video streaming services allowed him to gain immense notoriety. Maker was selected 10th overall by the Bucks, though his time in Milwaukee was rocky. Aside from one impressive playoff series, Maker started just 46 games over three years for the Bucks. He was then jettisoned to the Pistons where he has spent the last two seasons. The 7-footer boasts a career-average of 4.7 points on 43-percent shooting and will need to pick up his play if he wants to stick around for much longer.

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