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Bucks select big man Thon Maker with 10th pick in NBA draft

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The Milwaukee Bucks have taken Thon Maker with the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft, a 19-year-old big man who could be a long-term project.

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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