James’ 76er of the Week – Tyrese Maxey (Again)
Unfortunately, this week was a tough one to hand out my weekly award, following four straight losses on top of the fact that half of the roster has been out due to health and safety protocols. At first, the losses were encouraging but that quickly turned into frustration while watching.
Last week, Tyrese Maxey took home this illustrious honor after having breakout week, but literally 9 hours after I deemed him the Sixer of the Week he dropped a season high. He then followed that by another 30 burger which broke a Sixer record that was previously held by the Hall of Famer Allen Iverson. To say less, Maxey deserves this award again and who am I to police his success? So, your first ever two-time recipient:
Tyrese Maxey – (Sorry Not Sorry)
Over the last four games for the Sixers, the evolution of Tyrese Maxey has been the entire story. With a depleted roster that left out the 76ers top scorers, Maxey has been responsible for shouldering the offense. Take a look at the numbers from this stretch of games:
26.0 ppg / 5.0 rpg / 4.3 apg
51.9% FG (10.0/19.3)
50% 3pt% (2.8/5.5)
92.9% FT% (3.3/3.5)
Unreal, honestly. It’s hard to pinpoint the most impressive aspect of his growth, but his rapid maturation as the point guard has become arguably the most important part of this season. During this span, Tyrese Maxey broke a 76ers record that was held by Allen Iverson for the youngest player in franchise history to have back to back 30 point games. Maxey is also currently leading the league in field goal percentage on floaters, while taking the second most out of the eligible players.
There’s so much to love about his game, and even more importantly he is an extremely high character kid. By all accounts, he is one of the hardest working players in that locker room and has embraced his leadership role. The future is incredibly bright for Maxey, and the team he is leading.
Mandatory Credit: James himself