After a solid rookie campaign, Tyrese Maxey is poised for a big role with the Sixers this upcoming season. The 21st overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft surprised fans and even ended up playing his way into playoff minutes with the team.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Tyrese Maxey was that he did not look overwhelmed by the moment, even in the fourth quarter of playoff games Maxey looked as if he belonged. He played solid defense and was not afraid to handle the ball. This confidence played a big role in the reason why Maxey was so good for the team.
For Maxey to earn the trust of not only his teammates, but Doc Rivers speaks volumes about the kind of work he puts in off the court.
Coming out of college, Maxey was criticized for his inability to shoot the ball from deep, he ended up shooting a little above 30% from 3 point range this season which is slightly below average but definitely serviceable.
If Maxey is going to have a bigger role in 2021, he needs to once again take a step forward when shooting from beyond the arch. This feat is doable for Tyrese Maxey and as a matter a fact there is no ceiling for how good Tyrese Maxey can be in the NBA.
The Sixers have hit on two consecutive late round draft picks for the first time in a very long time, and these picks have kept the process alive and in contention. Good organizations specialize in finding value at the margins, and the Sixers seem to have done that in the last two years with Thybulle and Maxey.
After so much turmoil between Ben Simmons and the Sixers organization and the uncertainty for the future, the Sixers seem to have found a hidden gem in the late rounds. Expect a much bigger role for Maxey in 2021 especially if the Sixers follow through on a Ben Simmons trade.
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