Although the Sixers season ended with a devastating loss, one bright spot did emerge from the postseason.
Guard Tyrese Maxey showcased his potential throughout the regular season. After a slow start to his pro career, the 6-2, 200-pound Texas native averaged 8 points and 2 assists while shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc during his rookie year.
Head coach Doc Rivers began trusting Maxey more and more as the season wore on. With the Sixers holding the No. 1 seed in the east, Rivers played the rookie an average of 13 minutes per night in the playoffs.
Maxey’s finest moment came when the stakes were at the highest. He helped the Sixers stay alive with a 16-point, seven-rebound effort in Game 6 of the second round against the Atlanta Hawks.
With Ben Simmons out of the picture for the foreseeable future, Rivers and the coaching staff turn to Maxey to help fill the void left by the former No. 1 overall pick. The 20-year-old Maxey is slated to be the team’s point guard to kick off the regular season.
Throughout the offseason, Rivers and Daryl Morey have praised Maxey and planned on the Kentucky product having an increased role with or without Simmons.
In the latest episode of The 30, I break down some of Rivers’ comments about Maxey during training camp. Then, I did a Q and A with Maxey following the Sixers practice to learn more about his journey to the pros, plus ask him some questions about playing in Philly. (You can hear the interview at the 11:02 mark)
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