Matey Max’s game has been so good that he’s been called the “Mammoth” of basketball.
Max is a player who is so dominant on both ends of the floor that the league is calling him the “Monster” of the game.
Max has a reputation as one of the best defenders in the league, and he’s not shy about sharing that reputation with the world.
He’s also a player that loves to trash talk, something that has earned him the nickname “Mamba” in some circles.
But despite being one of basketball’s elite players, Max is also a human being.
He has his struggles, and there are times when he struggles to find the right balance between being dominant and being a human.
Max is an All-American basketball player at Michigan State University.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the third round (No. 64 overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
He played five seasons for the Lakers, averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three-point range.
He averaged a career-high 13.3 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest.
Max was the sixth overall pick in the 2015 Draft.
His career was marked by injuries that sidelined him for much of his rookie season.
Max has not played for the NBA since the 2017-18 season.
He chose to play for the Toronto Raptors instead.
He became a free agent on July 15, 2018.
Max joined the Raptors in 2017.
He began his professional career with the Toronto Marlies in 2017-2018.
He made his NBA debut in 2020-21 and played two seasons for Toronto.
Max led the Marlies with 24 points and eight rebounds in 23 games played.
Max also played in all 82 games for the Raptors during the 2016-17 season, averaging 17.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg per game.
Max had a breakout season with Toronto in 2017, scoring 17.7 ppg in 20 games.
He also made six All-Star appearances.
Max’s career stats were not quite what he had hoped.
He scored 12.8 points per game in the 2016 All-NBA first team, but was held to just seven points per contest during the regular season.
However, the Toronto offense exploded during the All-22 season.
Max scored at least 20 points in every game during the season and averaged 18.3 in a career high 20 games played, which was his highest total since his rookie year in 2017 (20.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg).
Max joined Toronto in 2018-19 and was traded to the Toronto Timberwolves for the 2019 NBA Draft in exchange for first-round picks.
Max spent his first three seasons in Minnesota.
He spent a combined 13 seasons in the NBA, playing in 3,723 games and scoring a total of 7,849 points.
Max averaged 14.8 ppg during his time in Minnesota, while also shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Max earned All-Rookie Second Team honors in 2017 and was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2019-20.
Max was named to the All Western Conference First Team in 2020.
Max and his wife, Amanda, have three children: Jack, Jada, and Taylor.