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Surprises came early in NBA draft


Derek Bodner, Special for USA TODAY Sports
1:20 a.m. EDT June 24, 2016

After Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram at the top, the 2016 draft contained little consensus among decision makers around the league. That created a significant amount of uncertainty over how the draft could unfold.

And the surprises came early.

It started when the Milwaukee Bucks selected Thon Maker at 10th overall. Maker, in large part because of his unusual path, which included a an extra year at Orangeville Prep playing as a post-graduate student rather than the typical path of heading to college, was a real wildcard in this draft.

Maker is 7-foot-1 and extremely fluid and mobile for his size, and has talent that is simply undeniable. But he played against less-than-ideal competition and under limited exposure to front offices, which created a lot of uncertainty over where he would ultimately be selected in the draft. Most thought he could go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the early second round. Going at 10 was a surprise to almost everyone involved.

Maker has the physical…

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