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Riding the Tyrese Maxey hype train for the 2-0 preseason Sixers

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Not to be outdone by the other thriving sports teams in the city of Philadelphia, the Sixers have looked good in opening the preseason with a pair of victories over Brooklyn and Cleveland. The primary storyline has been Tyrese Maxey, who has averaged 20.5 points per game just 14.5 minutes per game, a level of success the analytics community would classify using a rocket ship emoji. On this week’s Talking About Podcast, Sean Kennedy and David Early kick things off with Maxey’s ascension. Is it downright crazy to already consider the 21-year-old to be the team’s second-best player? Between he and James Harden, which player being the team’s second banana this season would mean a higher ceiling for the prospects of the Sixers’ success? This is just the beginning of the Tyrese Maxey conversations this year, as Dave says on the pod: "The hype train’s completely out of control, but he’s earned it. Already, you’re looking at some of these max contract guys, like Tyler Herro, RJ Barrett, guys who had more cachet around their name, certainly more draft pedigree in Barrett’s case, and Herro’s also a lottery pick. But now looking at what they got, I’m thinking that Tyrese is gonna get a max next summer. Maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves with all this stuff, but he’s just, like you said, if he did have a big question, probably the biggest reason he fell to the Sixers was because of questions around the jump shot. His jump shot looks really clean and really pure and he looks so comfortable taking it."