Tyrese Maxey poised for big leap for Sixers in Year 3
Last season, easily the biggest storyline for the Sixers was the emergence of Tyrese Maxey. After not playing consistently as a rookie, the former Kentucky guard found himself in a full-time starting position in year two.
Right from the beginning, Maxey showed that no moment is too big for him. In his first season playing every night, he posted averages of 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, and 4.3 APG while shooting 42.7% from beyond the arc. I know it’s been said a million times, but it’s absurd that he fell all the way to pick 21 on draft night.
Following an impressive campaign in 2022, the 21-year-old looks poised to elevate his game once again. Through the Sixers’ first three preseason games, Maxey is playing like he’s in mid-season form.
Tyrese Maxey lighting it up in the preseason
Since it’s the preseason, star-level players typically don’t play much. However, that has not stopped Maxey from leaving his mark on every matchup. Despite only playing 18 minutes per game, he is averaging 20 points on 63.6% shooting from the field.
What’s most absurd about his preseason numbers is that his efficiency is even higher from deep. Currently, Maxey has converted 66.7% of his threes while attempting four per game. He finished third in three-point percentage last season and looks to be coming for the top spot this time around.
It goes without saying how important Maxey’s rise to stardom is for the Sixers. Opposing defenses will be putting all their focus on the duo of Joel Embiid and James Harden. If the young guard can continue to exploit mismatches like he did last season, they are going to be an extremely tough team to beat.
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