Tyrese Maxey continues to connect with the people of Philadelphia
After being drafted with the 21st pick of the 2020 draft, it did not take long for Tyrese Maxey to become a fan favorite among Sixers fans. Along with having a fun-loving personality, the young guard also built a reputation for being a gym rat.
Last season, all the work Maxey put in behind the scenes paid huge dividends for the Sixers. After playing sparingly as a rookie, the 21-year-old was thrown into a starting spot full-time to fill the void left by Ben Simmons.
Always ready for his moment, Maxey ran with the opportunity given to him. Across 75 games, he posted averages of 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG while being among the league leaders in three-point percentage (42.7%).
Tyrese Maxey finds similarity with Philly’s blue collar reputation
Along with being known for having some of the craziest sports fans, Philly prides itself on being a hardworking city. Now having gotten to fully dive into what the town has to offer, Maxey has found a connection with his new home.
During his media day press conference, the Sixers’ rising star touched on Philly and its people. He feels the people here have worked hard for everything they have, just like he has throughout his basketball journey.
“The city of Philadelphia is such a blue collar city. Everybody here that goes to games, or that I see around town, they work extremely hard for everything they have. Like extremely hard for what they have. When you work hard for what you have, you really cherish it. I feel like I really believe that because I worked extremely hard to get where I am today. Nothing was given to them, nothing was given to me.“
Following his breakout campaign in 2022, Maxey has been hard at work as he continues to refine his skills. We will get to see him in action for the first time on October 3rd when the Sixers hold their first preseason matchup against the Brooklyn Nets.
Tyrese Maxey: “Nothing was given to them, nothing was given to me”
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