No. 10 pick: Milwaukee Bucks select Thon Maker in 2016 NBA Draft

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EW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Thon Maker poses with Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted 10th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — With the No. 10 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected 19-year-old Thon Maker of Australia.

The 7-foot-1 center from South Sudan moved to Australia as a youth and played last year for the Athlete Institute in Canada.

The Bucks needed a big man who could defend, rebound and provide another physical presence. They also could use a 3-point shooter and another ball-handler.

They went with a young big man to join young cornerstone forwards Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

General manager John Hammond took a risk on international prospect Antetokounmpo in the 2013 draft that has paid off. The Bucks hope they can get the same return eventually on Maker.

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