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    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after an injury against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on November 18, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers sit at 12-12 on the season and are in need of a spark. Luckily, help could be on the way as there was a bright new smiling face on the sidelines at practice on Wednesday. Tyrese Maxey took some steps in the direction of his return to the court by doing some limited work. Doc Rivers revealed to reporters that Maxey has started running (not sprinting) and put some shots up without jumping thus far. He also debuted a new-look hairstyle after his time away from the court. Tyrese Maxey on the floor with a new look at practice pic.twitter.com/ZFOdWBoEZs — Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) December 7, 2022 Rivers also told reporters about what a hard time Maxey has had a hard time staying away from the team during the injury. As he put it, “He literally has been going nuts. Stir crazy is...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21, Tyrese Maxey #0, Tobias Harris #12, James Harden #1 and P.J. Tucker #17 of the Philadelphia 76ers react during a break in play against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on October 26, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. There is a “sky is falling” sort of mentality permeating the streets of Philadelphia. The calls to fire Doc Rivers are growing increasingly louder as the Sixers return home after dropping three straight road games. Tired legs can only be blamed for so much, right? They had been thriving with James Harden on the shelf and Shake Milton doing his best Allen Iverson impression for an impressive six-game stretch. The short-handed squad went 8-6 in Harden’s absence, including a 115-106 blowout win over the Brooklyn Nets on November 22. They were down Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey in that one. According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, the Sixers can compete for a trip to the NBA Finals in the Eastern Conference. That November stretch proved beyond a...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Matisse Thybulle #22 and Ben Simmons #25. Just one season ago, the Philadelphia 76ers‘ biggest question revolved around what the post-Ben Simmons era would look like in the City of Brotherly Love. Simmons was in the midst of a holdout that ultimately culminated in his trade away to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for James Harden. For all of his disinterested temperament and unwillingness to shoot, Simmons was still a former No. 1 pick and All-NBA player. But one player helped allay Sixers fans’ fears over a drop in production in the post-Simmons era: Tyrese Maxey. Maxey is everything Simmons was not: humble, warm with teammates, and unafraid to make (and learn from) mistakes. With Simmons gone, Maxey stepped into the starting lineup, grabbed the spot by the horns, and never looked back. And after Simmons returned to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade, he spoke at length about his former teammate, urging him to be more of a ballhandler. “For me, when I see him...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers wouldn’t trade Tyrese Maxey, would they? If you listen closely to the hushed tones in Wells Fargo Center between Brickin’ Chicken attempts you just might hear at least one member of the front office ponder it aloud, only to be quickly whisked away to a Severance-esque Break Room. The trade-him-or-keep-him debate is enough to spark all-out warfare. On one hand are the legion of Maxey supporters, bonding Kentuckians and Pennsylvanians alike in an unusual unity. On the other are those who believe that as good as Maxey is, he’ll never be the player (or deflector) of, say, Kevin Durant. City of Brotherly Love, no more! One thing not up for debate: what the Sixers are looking for in any Maxey-related trade. While one Eastern Conference executive who spoke with Heavy Sports’ Sean Deveney reported that “Philadelphia isn’t looking to deal Maxey,” the same executive did explain what Philly would ask for. “[T]hey’d need to get a star if they were to package, say, (Tobias) Harris and Maxey together....
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers (C) reacts following an injurt against the Toronto Raptors during Game Two of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on April 18, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Few players have embraced their new city in the way Tyrese Maxey has in Philadelphia. The 22-year-old has been everything the organization has hoped for both on and off the basketball court. Things fell the Sixers’ way during the 2020 draft when Maxey fell to the 21st pick and allowed them to add the Kentucky product. This looks to be a franchise-altering decision as Maxey has rapidly risen to one of the brightest young stars in the NBA beyond what the Sixers (or the rest of the league) expected. Maxey also seems to be thrilled to be representing the Sixers and the city of Philadelphia as a whole. He recently hosted a free turkey drive in West Philly where he provided families in need with food for the holiday. This is one of the many charity events that Maxey has hosted...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on against the Charlotte Hornets at Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Few players have ascended into the spotlight as rapidly as Tyrese Maxey. The Philadelphia 76ers’ young guard has grown from the 21st overall pick just three years ago to a key part of the short-term and long-term plans of the franchise. Maxey also found himself on the recent Bleacher Report Grades for every team’s best player under 25 years old. Dan Favale of B/R handed the Sixers’ young guard an A- for his performance so far this year. As he put it: “Breathtaking speed and scintillating long-range marksmanship remain the bedrocks upon which Tyrese Maxey is building his All-Star track. His past few games have been, uh, not so hot. But he’s still good for around 23 points and four assists a night while shooting over 41 percent from behind the rainbow and 45 percent on long twos. There has been some pullback on his efficiency near the basket; he’s shooting sub-60 percent around...
    Getty Assistant coach Sam Cassell of the Philadelphia 76ers speaks with Tyrese Maxey #0 against the Chicago Bulls at Wells Fargo Center on November 03, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is a real argument that Tyrese Maxey has revitalized the Philadelphia 76ers organization more than any other player in recent history. After being selected by the Sixers with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft, Maxey quickly emerged as a core part of the franchise’s future. His maturity beyond his years and NBA-ready abilities pushed the Sixers’ championship window further open. He was vital to navigating during Ben Simmons’ holdout and has grown into a part of the Sixers’ big three on offense despite being just 22 years old. After a brief shooting slump early this season, Maxey had a bounce-back performance against the Hawks with a 26-point and nine-assist performance which was vital to the Sixers’ success. Following the victory, it was assistant coach Sam Cassell that spoke to the media as Doc Rivers had a personal matter he had to deal with. The assistant coach...
    Getty Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets. One of the best, tragic, mind-boggling, and maddening things about history is that it often repeats itself. Take the Philadelphia 76ers for example: despite two different coaches, a litany of lottery talent, and regularly retooling the lineup, the team has failed to get out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in two decades. Okay, so that’s the bad part of history repeating itself. But what about when the repeat has the chance to be a net positive? Like when the Sixers were reportedly interested in bringing Kevin Durant to the City of Brotherly Love over the summer. Surely that couldn’t possibly repeat itself, right? Not after the Brooklyn Nets and Durant totally, 100% buried the nuclear bomb hatchet by agreeing to “move forward together.” Guess again. According to Heavy Sports insider Sean Deveney, the Sixers will almost certainly inquire about Durant at a time when the Nets are once again under a mountain of internal and external scrutiny. “There is no doubt the Sixers have asked on Durant, they did in...
    Getty Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey scored 15 points during a tough shooting night versus Atlanta. Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey missed a 27-footer to start the game on Thursday night, then followed that attempt up with a 26-footer that was off the mark. He would finish 5-of-17 from the field for 15 points during a disappointing 104-95 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Maxey is mired in arguably the worst shooting slump of his young career: 19-of-64 (29.6%). He knows it. His coach knows it. And everybody is trying to figure out how to fix it together. “The paint sets his game and then everything else follows and I think right now he’s trying to do the reverse,” Doc Rivers said. “We struggle in life, we all do, and so he’s going to as well. He’s had three games in a row now and he’s gotta figure it out and we have to help him, and we’ll do that.” Sixers lose to Hawks 104-95 -Joel Embiid: 26 pts, 13 rebs, 7 TOs-Tyrese Maxey: 15 pts, 5 ast, 5-17 FGA-Montrezl...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers speak during the third quarter against the Toronto Raptorsduring Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center on April 16, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There is going to be a lot learned about this Philadelphia 76ers team during the month-long absence of James Harden. The Beard has been the most significant bright spot during the slow start to the season and he has answered the questions about if he still had high-level production left in the tank. Through the opening nine games of the season, Harden has averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 assists, and 7.0 rebounds per game. He leaves some massive shoes to fill and Harden’s absence impacts Tyrese Maxey more than anyone. James Harden says he and P.J. Tucker are trying to teach @TyreseMaxey to be mean. I asked them how that's going. ????pic.twitter.com/6uUjeChIFk — Lauren Rosen (@LaurenMRosen) November 1, 2022 Maxey’s Growth Alongside HardenBefore the trade for Harden last season, Maxey fully emerged onto the NBA scene. Prior to Harden’s...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyrese Maxey’s stellar start to the season for the Philadelphia 76ers came to a screeching halt Monday night against the Phoenix Suns. It wasn’t that the Suns did anything particularly effective; Chris Paul, who would normally be tasked with guarding Maxey, only played 13 minutes after suffering a heel injury. No, the problem wasn’t external: Maxey simply wasn’t hitting his shots. He made just four of his 18 attempts against the Suns, including an ugly 0-4 from deep. Those are Matisse Thybulle numbers, not Maxey numbers. After the game, Sixers head coach Doc Rivers discussed a modified game plan for Maxey. “This is where you got to be so careful with young players. He watches the film, and he sees all these guys open. I thought he played an entire game predetermining trying to come off to be a passer, and I thought he got stuck in that and so it’s not a big change. We got to get him back to being a scorer. Be a scorer, and let...
    Getty Images Doc Rivers Joel Embiid joked that the Philadelphia 76ers season didn’t start until his return from a three-game absence on November 7. He scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 100-88 win that Doc Rivers called a “slugfest” due to the physical, defensive nature of it. The Sixers improved their record to 5-6 and snapped a two-game losing streak. Two days later, Rivers expanded further on what Monday night’s win meant and how close they are to getting in a good groove. Then, Rivers issued a 1-word answer for the team’s early struggles. “It’s been a very unrhythmic year — is that a word? I don’t even know if that’s a word? — but if that’s a word, that’s what it’s been so far just with us, with guys in and out,” Rivers told reporters. “Now guys are playing and you can just feel our rhythm coming and that’s a good thing.” (Editor’s note: Yes, unrhythmic is a word. It literally means “not regularly recurrent: not rhythmic. unrhythmic steps.”) Doc Rivers pointed to a 112-90...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers steals the ball from Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center on November 4, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It has been a chaotic overall start to the season for the Philadelphia 76ers. One of the biggest bright spots has been the strong play of Tyrese Maxey. The third-year guard has continued to add layers to his game and is in the process of fully establishing himself as one of the NBA’s brightest young stars. Through the opening 10 games of the season, Maxey is averaging 24.9 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.4 rebounds per game. He also is shooting 44.0% on three-point attempts while launching 7.5 long-range attempts per game. This is nearly double the rate of last year when he attempted 4.1 three-pointers per game. His strong stretch of play has caught the attention of people beyond the Sixers organization. Following the matchup with the Knicks last night, New York’s point guard Jalen Brunson had some glowing praise for Maxey. As...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles downcourt against the Boston Celtics during the second half at TD Garden on October 18, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeat the 76ers 126-117. Tyrese Maxey did not quite get to celebrate his 22nd birthday in the way he likely hoped. The third-year guard spent the night attempting to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory over the New York Knicks without the help of either Joel Embiid or James Harden. Embiid was questionable leading up to the matchup and even spent time on the court warming up prior to the game, but ultimately did not suit up. This was the first matchup Harden missed since sustaining the right foot ligament sprain in the previous matchup with the Wizards. Lot of fans here watching Tyrese Maxey warm up, some with signs wishing him a happy birthday pic.twitter.com/X8FnLqonR2 — Sam DiGiovanni (@BySamDiGiovanni) November 4, 2022 Despite seeming to have the game in hand for most of the second half, the Sixers were unable to come up with the win. The...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers speak during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center on October 24, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers were hit by a dose of bad news when it was announced that James Harden will miss the next month with a right foot tendon sprain. The star guard had been playing well to start the season and has averaged 22.0 points, 10.0 assists, and 7.0 rebounds through the first nine games of the season. Harden has been the Sixers’ number-one ball-handler throughout the season and the team’s best playmaking option by a wide margin. There will be some additional responsibility thrust on the shoulders of Tyrese Maxey, who opened up on how he believes the injury will impact himself and the team while speaking to the media. ESPN Sources: Philadelphia 76ers star James Harden has suffered right foot tendon strain and is expected to miss a month. pic.twitter.com/LHEIucfbFj — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 3, 2022 Maxey’s Thoughts On The InjuryMaxey and Harden have taken some major...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Philadelphia 76ers are slumping their way through the beginning of the season, the same cannot be said for guard Tyrese Maxey. The former Kentucky Wildcat has started this season like a firecracker; over his last five games, Maxey is averaging 29.8 points on 53.7 percent shooting from deep on 8.2 attempts per game. Even more impressive, Maxey has scored more than 30 points three times so far this season, including in a losing effort against the Washington Wizards Wednesday. With the performance, Maxey joined elite Sixers company: he became the second Sixer ever to score at least 30 points over ten times before turning 22. The only other player to do so in Sixers’ history? Allen Iverson. Players with 10+ 30-point games before turning 22 in Sixers history: — Allen Iverson— Tyrese Maxey That’s it. pic.twitter.com/WkTcnBYfMv — StatMuse (@statmuse) November 3, 2022 Read More From Heavy Get Coached Into the Best Shape of Your Life Maxey is a special player, no doubt about it. But don’t just take my...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during the first quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia 76ers may not have picked up a victory in the latest matchup against the Wizards, but Tyrese Maxey looks to have secured a new fan. Wizards’ star Bradley Beal was asked about the Sixers guard following the game and had some strong praise. Beal, who scored 29 points on an efficient 11-17 shooting from the field, is one of the premier scorers across the NBA and this should carry weight coming from him. As the three-time All-Star stated: “It’s amazing how he’s in year 3 now and he’s confident, he’s running his team, he’s playing like an all-star. He’s super talented and the game is only going to continue to slow down more and more for him which is even scarier. He has a great guy in James (Harden) that he’s learning from. Doc (Rivers) and Sam (Cassell), he has a good group of guys over there that...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Call him a revelation. A diamond in the rough. A player capable of extending the Philadelphia 76ers‘ championship window. An electric player with an even better attitude. But to his teammates, he’s just Tyrese. Tyrese Maxey. On Tuesday, Maxey sat down with NBA.com reporter Steven Aschburner to discuss his meteoric rise in Philadelphia and his views on the team’s future. And when Aschburner asked about Maxey’s “explosive” start to the season, the former Kentucky Wildcat was all too pleased to share the secrets of his craft. “It’s just work, honestly. I trust myself, I trust my work,” Maxey said. “And I believe in what I’ve done when no one’s around. So I have no problem performing in front of thousands of people when the lights are on. I just do what it takes to help us to win – that’s the biggest thing for me. Being aggressive and getting my teammates involved, and myself as well.” A leading early candidate for Most Improved Player?A "poor man's Ja Morant?"For now, the...
    Getty yrese Maxey #0 and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers. On paper, the Philadelphia 76ers have one of the deepest lineups in professional basketball. But you don’t win a championship “on paper.” In the real world, where the Sixers are really trying to win a title, the team is 4-4, Joel Embiid is in poor form, and the bench looks like it decided to extend its preseason a few weeks. For all of the Sixers’ woes, at least two players have taken the season seriously so far: Tyrese Maxey and James Harden. Maxey’s picked up on where he left off last season, exploding for a career-high 44 points against the Toronto Raptors. Harden, for his part, has been one of the league’s best assist-men this season, notching 17 assists against the Washington Wizards Monday night. After the game, Maxey called out Harden’s role as a passer, arguing it’s an underappreciated prt of the guard’s game. “[Harden] knows where guys need to be and how to get guys the ball. He’s a willing passer. I think that’s...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Are the Philadelphia 76ers back? That question supposes that the real Sixers were missing, the team we all saw through the first five games was merely an aberration, and Tyrese Maxey’s 44-point score fest is replicable every night for the foreseeable future. Through the first five games of the season, the Sixers were on the wrong side of just about every team stat. The club was scoring just 107.5 points per night but giving up 111. The Sixers were bringing down just 37.6 rebounds, seven fewer than last year’s crap-nado of a rebounding team. And the transition defense has been historically awful. And yet strangely, the team’s best game of the season came when their star player sat out. On Friday night, Joel Embiid missed the Sixers’ game with an injury, worthy of a collective gasp from Philadelphia fans given the big man’s rough history. But ahead of Saturday’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls, Embiid was missing from the team’s injury report, meaning he’ll take the court again. Despite Embiid’s...
    Getty James Harden of the Philadelphia 76ers. October 28th was quite an evening for Philadelphia 76ers and Phillies fans. To lead off the evening, the Sixers rebounded from its slow start in a huge way, defeating the Toronto Raptors 112-90. Just a few days before, the Sixers lost to the Raps, coughing up nearly 120 points in a 119-109 beatdown. But the fireworks in Philly didn’t end there. In the Lone Star State, the Phillies battled the playoff-perfect Houston Astros in Game One of the World Series. While the ‘stros jumped on Aaron Nola early, the Phillies fought back, knotting the game at five runs apiece after five innings. And that’s where things stayed until JT Realmuto cranked a solo homer in the top of the tenth inning for the game-winning score. A few outs later, the Phils handed Houston its first loss of the postseason. And Sixers star James Harden took notice of the Phillies’ heroics, giving the club a shoutout on social media. “Phillies going crazy!,” Harden tweeted. Phillies going crazy! — James Harden (@JHarden13) October...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles against the Toronto Raptors during the first half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on October 26, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Most of Philadelphia may have been distracted by the Phillies World Series matchup, but Tyrese Maxey was putting on a show of his own north of the border. In the second consecutive matchup with the Toronto Raptors, the Sixers cruised to a 112-90 victory despite Joel Embiid missing the game due to right knee injury management. Maxey took it upon himself to lead the Sixers to a win and did just this by playing like a man on a mission. In his 40 minutes of play, Maxey tallied a career-high 44 points in addition to eight rebounds and four assists. He shot 15-20 from the field and connected on a career-high 9 of his 12 three-point attempts. The 21-year-old started the game hot going a perfect 10-10 from the field in the first half. He even ended with the best true shooting percentage for a 40-point...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. For all of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ early season struggles, at least there’s Tyrese Maxey. The young star took Philadelphia by storm last year after a strong sophomore campaign in which he over-doubled his points per game, assists per game, and three-point volume. In many ways, Maxey filled the void at guard left behind by Ben Simmons. And in many more ways, the two players couldn’t be further apart in terms of personality. Simmons was a top pick who carried himself as though his feces smelled like daffodils. Maxey, on the other hand, was a late first-round pick who has scrapped his way into the Sixers’ starting five through hard work and a genuine connection with the fans. So far this season, Maxey is drilling 37.8% of his threes, on a career-high 5.8 attempts per game. And his breakout last season is turning more hands than just the Sixers loyal. According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, Maxey might have some interest in suiting up for Team Basketball at next year’s FIBA...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. This season could be a bit of a changing of the guard for the National Basketball Association. Aging stars like the Philadelphia 76ers‘ James Harden, Los Angeles Lakers‘ Russell Westbrook, and Phoenix’s Chris Paul all make up an “old guard” of players whose time at the apex of American basketball is over. But rising quickly are a cadre of young stars primed to lead the next generation. Think Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum — all under 25 with their prime either just beginning or on the horizon. That’s not to mention the absolute stars from recent drafts, including Cade Cunningham, Scottie Barnes, Franz Wagner, Evan Mobley, Paolo Banchero, and Josh Giddey. And yes, before anyone gets their New York Knickerbockers in a twist, here is the obligatory shoutout for the “tweeners” — guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic — who are somewhere in the middle age-wise and in the 99th percentile talent-wise. The Sixers could offer a microcosm of this expected changing of the guard....
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 (L) and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers react during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. So much of the Philadelphia 76ers‘ season outlook has been attributed to what version of James Harden shows up on the court. There have been in-depth discussions throughout the offseason regarding Harden’s fitness level, his portion of the salary cap, and his overall fit on the roster. While there were sky-high expectations from the second he came to Philadelphia, Harden played just 21 games regular season games before the postseason. With a full offseason to get healthy and figure out a clearer on-court role, there is reason to be optimistic about his performance moving forward. The former MVP also opened up about his blossoming relationship with his backcourt partner Tyrese Maxey. Harden reference how Maxey’s sparkling personality oftentimes forces him to play the ‘bad cop’ role. As he put it when speaking with the media following Monday’s practice, “I’m probably like the mean guy on...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Is there anything Tyrese Maxey can’t do? The Philadelphia 76ers‘ young star showed out in his sophomore performance last year, blossoming from nice bench unit sparkplug to a budding star. Yes, 2021-22 was no doubt a breakout from the young Sixer. His points per night shot up, going from 8.0 two years ago to 17.5 last year. His assists boomed, going from 2.0 to 4.3 last year. He shot an otherworldly 42.7% from deep last season. If he matches that total, he’ll go a long way towards proving last year wasn’t a fluke. But what if he actually takes another step forward? Is that even possible? According to Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report, the answer is yes. Not only that, but Buckley believes Maxey is a top breakout candidate heading into the new season, describing last year’s success as a mere “appetizer.” .@GrittyNHL’s new bestie: @TyreseMaxey ???? pic.twitter.com/pgnrJ9Fmvh — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 14, 2022 “If you thought Maxey broke out last season, you’re not letting your imagination capture the full...
    Getty Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks to pass against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center on January 27, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It feels pretty universal that the two fan-favorites of the Philadelphia 76ers are Tyrese Maxey and Joel Embiid. In addition to their impressive on-court talents, each player possesses a youthful joy that is refreshing to see. While Maxey has made his way into the public eye fairly regularly, most recently by making a tour of each of the Philly sports stadiums, Embiid tends to keep to himself much more. During an interview with Lauren Rosen, the Sixers team reporter, Maxey gave a window into the fun-loving personality of Embiid off the court. ???? full interview with @TyreseMaxey here: https://t.co/uK2zgZyWM5 https://t.co/DV99D3vOxj pic.twitter.com/JbiBeCvct3 — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 16, 2022 It was very cool to hear about Embiid taking time out of his day to talk about video games and everything else with Maxey’s young cousin. It is clear the young guard is extremely appreciative of the superstar taking time out of his day...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers are t-minus 48 hours until its preseason opener against the reigning Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics. Given the caliber of competition and stakes this season, one might expect the Sixers to spend these crucial tune-up days in the gym, continuing to perfect their chemistry. And technically, that’s true. On Friday, Tyrese Maxey and De’Anthony Melton were spotted in the gym. They shared a ball between them. Only the ball was made of pigskin instead of orange rubber and their passes stretched across the entire multi-court practice facility. That’s right: the two youngsters got in a little football practice. “The energy in the city is amazing right now.” – Doc Rivers Football was in the air (literally) after @sixers practice.@DeAnthonyMelton to @TyreseMaxey pic.twitter.com/xFLU0ZZ4vb — Matt Murphy (@Matt_Murphy04) October 14, 2022 During the impromptu football practice, head coach Doc Rivers also discussed the sports energy gripping the City of Brotherly Love lately. The Eagles are the only undefeated team left in football (5-0), the Phillies are a game away...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 (L) and James Harden #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers react during the fourth quarter against the Charlotte Hornets at Wells Fargo Center on October 12, 2022. Few players have embraced their city in the way Tyrese Maxey has with Philadelphia. The standout guard has made his presence felt on and off the court and appears to be living life to the absolute fullest. He has continued his tour of Philadelphia sports by making an appearance at the Flyers on Thursday. The Flyers cruised to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in the season opener. Maxey admitted it was his first-ever hockey game and stated that it was “lit” when asked about it Tyrese Maxey is at the Flyers game. pic.twitter.com/qA6epdIpOg — Olivia Reiner (@ReinerOlivia) October 14, 2022 Maxey’s Other Sporting EventsIt has become a common theme to see Maxey sitting in the stands of other Philly sports teams. He has made his rounds to a Union and Phillies game already this summer. He had a complete experience at both venues which included banging...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers have one of the most electric Big Threes in professional basketball. Between James Harden, Joel Embiid, and Tyrese Maxey, the Sixers have an electric mix of scoring and playmaking. And entering this season, the pecking order was thought to be clear. At the top is Embiid, a two-time MVP runner-up and reigning scoring champ. Next is Harden, a former MVP who might be facing his last chance at winning a title. And third is Maxey, the young upstart who had an incredible sophomore season last year, usurping Tobias Harris as the team’s third option. But questions about Maxey’s game persisted. Was that sophomore season an anomaly? Would his defense improve? Could he really shoot nearly 43% from three again? So far during the Sixers’ preseason, Maxey has put fears of a junior slump to rest. So far, he’s averaging 20 points per game on, yes you’re reading this correctly, 66.7% from three. While he might (understandably) slow that pace down over the course of a regular season,...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts during media day at the 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022. Deep Breaths, it is only preseason. However, it is difficult not to jump to thrilling conclusions when watching Philadelphia 76ers‘ guard Tyrese Maxey. The 21-year-old has taken the organization, and the entire NBA, by storm with his lightning-quick pace and relentless work ethic. The former 21st overall pick has already exceeded all early expectations and established himself as an important part of the Sixers’ future plans and current production. However, he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and has already opened some major eyes with the strong play to kick off the 2022-23 season. Through three preseason games, Maxey has played a total of 53 minutes of 44 seconds of game time. During this time he has produced 60 points, six assists, and three steals. His preseason per-36 points lead the entire NBA at 40.2 points per game. He also has connected on 21 of his 33 shot attempts (63.6% FG%) and shot 8 for...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes up for a shot against Chris Boucher #25 of the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center. There is nothing Tyrese Maxey won’t do to improve his game. The rising star guard trapped himself in the weight room this summer in an effort to get stronger. Basketball’s version of The Flash has added bulk to his blur. Maxey’s commitment to adding weight (the good kind: lean, mean muscle) has been most noticeable on the defensive end. He’s better equipped to fight through screens and box out on switches. More importantly, Maxey feels indestructible as he continues his transformation into the “Swole Batman” of the Philadelphia 76ers. Forgot to share this quote from Tyrese Maxey after last Wednesday. He was literally in the weight room after the game: "I just got done lifting. I'm trying to maintain it [added muscle], keep eating right, and help my team win as much as possible." #Sixers #HereTheyCome — Michael Greger...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game at Barclays Center. Expectations continue to rise surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers as the season rapidly approaches. One of the major driving forces of this has been Tyrese Maxey. The 21-year-old has exceeded all expectations and rapidly climbed the Sixers’ offensive pecking order. As he prepares to head into his third season in the NBA, Maxey opened up to reporters about his optimism. He reflected on how nice the normalcy of this offseason has been and why it is paving the way for him and the team to accomplish their goals. As he put it per Justin Grasso of Sports Illustrated: “This training camp was huge for me because this is my first year coming into camp knowing exactly what my role is on the team. My first year, I was a rookie, and I didn’t know what to expect. My second year, we had a lot going on, and I got thrown into a...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers controls the ball against Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat in Game Six of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tyrese Maxey has left a massive impression on just about everyone in his path since being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 21-year-old has shown some of the most impressive growth in basketball history and has become a key part of the Sixers’ future plans. While ending last season third in three-point percentage and doubling his points per game are accomplishments in themselves, there is one defining trait that will likely always be a part of Maxey- his pace. The Kentucky product’s ability to get up and down the court in the blink of an eye is nearly unguardable. It plays a major role in setting up the rest of his game and this speed has also caught the attention of free-agent signing P.J. Tucker. Following Friday morning’s practice, Tucker was asked about Maxey and admitted to the media that “He’s definitely the fastest guy I’ve ever seen in...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. What a difference one year can make for a basketball team. Just look at the Philadelphia 76ers as a clear example of how quickly a team’s future outlook can change. One year ago, the biggest Sixers story revolved around Ben Simmons and his desire to get out of town fast. Discussions of the Sixers in the Finals and Joel Embiid’s renewed MVP race, all of it played second fiddle to the distraction that was the end of Simmons’ Sixers tenure. But one year later, Simmons is long gone and in his place stepped Tyrese Maxey. The former Kentucky Wildcat had an excellent sophomore season with the Sixers last year. His shooting was strong (42.7% from three), but it’s his open-court electricity that is must-see television. His speed is blinding; blink and you quite literally might miss him. And it’s that quickness that led Sixers assistant and former Kings head coach Dave Joerger to compare Maxey to one of his former players in Sacramento. “Dave Joerger says Tyrese Maxey reminds him,...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Through two preseason games, the Philadelphia 76ers look as formidable an opponent as any. And perhaps no player has had a better start to the preseason than third-year Tyrese Maxey. In the Sixers’ first game against the Brooklyn Nets, Maxey put up 20 points in just 14 minutes of work. Against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Maxey upped the ante — 21 points in only 15 minutes. Even better, he’s shooting a ridiculous 79% (15-19) through the two games. It’s been an absolutely scorching start for Maxey as he looks to earn the first All-Star nod of his career this season. And according to Phillies legend John Kruk, Tyrese Maxey is the next star to join Philadelphia’s pantheon of legends. “I know it is pre season basketball but @TyreseMaxey is a bad man!!! Favorite player to watch by far…we as fans of the @sixers should feel blessed that he is on our team!!!,” Kruk tweeted on October 5.  I know it is pre season basketball but @TyreseMaxey is a bad man!!! Favorite...
    Getty Sixers star Joel Embiid takes a shot over Jarrett Allen during a 113-112 preseason win on October 5, 2022. The Philadelphia 76ers debuted their new starting five on Wednesday night, forged in fire and loaded for bear on what everyone hopes can turn into a championship run. No one would dare pretend to predict how close this squad is to achieving their stated goal, but certain things are undeniable. Communication has been the buzzword for a starting unit looking to build chemistry. Tyrese Maxey believes their ability to connect off the court has enabled them to have those “hard conversations” on the court. These Sixers legitimately like each other. “One thing I will say that is really good for is is we communicate well off the court. We have a good group of guys that really like each other, and that really like being around each other, so that’s really going to transfer onto the court,” Maxey told reporters. “So it’s really been big for PJ [Tucker] and James [Harden] and the Big Fella [Joel Embiid], with...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey and Darius Garland share a laugh during the Sixers vs. Cavaliers preseason game. Tyrese Maxey is already in regular-season form. And he looks to be headed to his first All-Star Game if training camp and preseason is any indication of things to come. He also helped the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-112. The third-year guard is unequivocally the third star on the Sixers. Heck, he might be a better scoring option than James Harden. Maxey scored 21 points in 15 minutes while shooting 9-of-11 from the field. He went 3-of-3 from deep and tallied two assists. Looking beyond the box score, it was more of what spoiled Sixers fans have come to expect from the human Tesla. He consistently pushed the pace and made life miserable for defenders, including one play where he beat Donovan Mitchell off the dribble. His defense is still a work in progress (credit Darius Garland – an incredible player in his own right – for sticking with Maxey and challenging him). tonight's starting five: ???? P.J. Tucker ????...
    Getty Sixers guards Tyrese Maxey and Shake Milton walk off the court during a playoff game versus Toronto. Do the Philadelphia 76ers already have an established Big Three? It’s a question quietly being debated around the league as Tyrese Maxey’s star continues to rise. The third-year guard only strengthened that argument after erupting for 20 points in the preseason opener. Maxey has all the makings of a future NBA All-Star and willing little bro to James Harden. Those two players, alongside Joel Embiid, are entering the 2022-23 campaign looking like a formidable Big Three. Eddie Johnson played 17 seasons in the NBA and earned Sixth Man of the Year in 1989. He serves as a color commentator for the Phoenix Suns nowadays and often spits his opinion on silky smooth shooters. He was dubbed the “The Man Who Put The J in Jumpshot” after all. Johnson had this to say about Maxey during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio: I felt going into the season, you know, when you start talking about does Philly have a Big...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates his three point shot in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game at Barclays Center on October 03, 2022. Some athletes simply understand Philadelphia. It is a passionate and hard-nosed city that takes its sports seriously and is made up of people not afraid to let you know how they feel. While its negative side is often portrayed nationally, it is a terrific place to play for those who embrace it. Tyrese Maxey has quickly become an athlete in which this has become the case. The 21-year-old’s impressive work ethic, radiant personality, and high-level on-court play have made him easy to embrace. Maxey took his next step in becoming a true ‘Philadelphian’ by expressing his love for Wawa. In this episode of “Put You On,” Maxey discusses his Wawa experience through the fun-loving lens through which he views life. He gave major props to the quality of a Wawa Iced Team, their Italian hoagies, and the overall quality of experience of the convenience store. The five-minute...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Just about everything went right for Tyrese Maxey in the Philadelphia 76ers‘ first preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets Monday night. Maxey’s night bears similarities to an amateur magician: pick a stat, any stat. Interested in point output? Maxey put up a game-high 20 points. Interested in efficiency? Those 20 points game in just 14 minutes on 8-12 shooting from the field and 6-6 from the charity stripe. What about unselfishness? Maxey finished tied for second with three assists, one behind Furkan Korkmaz’s team-high four. Simply put, Maxey was instrumental to Philadelphia’s 127-108 victory in Brooklyn. It was an electric night from Maxey, whose dominance was put on display in a hype-tape by the Philadelphia 76ers’ own Twitter page: 20 PTS | 3 AST | 1 BLK all in 14 minutes. @TyreseMaxey was in mid-season form tn. ???? presented by @PALottery pic.twitter.com/Hc2EvsdPsk — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) October 4, 2022 It was part of a strong showing from half of Philadelphia’s starting backcourt, which featured Maxey and summer addition...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers landed an absolute steal in Tyrese Maxey during the 2020 draft. Despite being taken in the late first round, Maxey has blossomed into a starter in Philadelphia with his electric handle and effervescent personality. Last season was a major coming-out party for Maxey. He over doubled his points per game (17.5) and assists per game (4.3). Further, he shot a ridiculous 42.7% from three, giving the Sixers some much-needed floor-spacing to pair with Joel Embiid. He still has room to grow on both ends of the floor (and especially on defense), but the former Kentucky Wildcat is just 21 with plenty of time to grow. This season, Maxey projects to form a potent backcourt combo with former MVP James Harden. And at training camp this week, the two players got off some shots from deep, going back and forth. But Maxey ratcheted things up a notch, draining a shot from half-court in a must-see clip from camp. & one from half court because why not! ????‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/2jSN9pXGV1...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes up for a shot against Chris Boucher #25 of the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter during Game Five of the Eastern Conference First Round at Wells Fargo Center. Tyrese Maxey has been everything and more that fans of the Philadelphia 76ers have hoped for in his two seasons in the NBA. His infectious energy, impact on the community, and dazzling on-court play have been nothing short of extraordinary. The 21-year-old has increased expectations heading into his third season as he has climbed the pecking order and become a crucial part of the Sixers’ offense. Maxey has handled everything that has been thrown at him thus far in his NBA career and will look to do the same this season. The Kentucky product reinforced his message of trusting the work he puts in doing training camp this year. Doc Rivers and the Sixers have made it a point to ask Maxey to relax with his training habits due to fear of him overdoing it at times. The young guard is...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Philadelphia 76ers enter the new season with fresh faces, and new schemes, but the same overarching goal: to win the championship. After a summer of retooling the roster, the Sixers have to feel good about their chances at a deep postseason run. Joel Embiid should continue his MVP-like form, James Harden enters camp after an offseason of health and wellness, and Tyrese Maxey could well be on the way to his first All-Star nod. If Maxey does indeed take another leap like last year, he would cement his status as a late-first-round steal back in 2020. Maxey excelled in year two with the Sixers. He proved that he could handle the responsibility of being a starting guard in the league, over doubling his points (17.5) and assists (4.3), all while seeing massive increases in volume. He’s an electric talent, capable of zipping down the court in a transition break that usually results in two points, be it from the floor or free throw line. And his teammates know he’s...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the hoop against Precious Achiuwa #5 of the Toronto Raptors. With the Philadelphia 76ers training camp underway, the team is beginning to get familiar with each other. It was an exciting offseason as the team made some notable win-now additions by adding quality rotation players. One of the most intriguing additions is De’Anthony Melton, whom the Sixers added in a draft night trade. In exchange for Danny Green and the 23rd overall pick, the Sixers added the springy guard who will be expected to have an increased role in Philadelphia. Melton was quick to spread praise to his teammates and shared how much of an impression Tyrese Maxey has made on him already. According to Ky Carlin of SixersWire, Melton stated after practice: “He’s a quick, decisive guard. He’s able to get downhill, but he can pull up on you at any time and he’s very good at getting to the paint and finishing and stuff like that. It’s his offensive game, it’s evolving as he gets older.” Melton...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses during media day at the 76ers Training Complex on September 26, 2022. Few players have risen to stardom and captured the hearts of fans in the way Tyrese Maxey has. The 21-year-old has gone from an afterthought in the rotation to a building block of the future in the span of just two seasons. In addition to his impressive on-court performance, Maxey’s bubbling personality and hard-working nature have endeared him to Philadelphia fans at a rapid rate. At the Sixers’ 2022 media day, he was asked about why he thought this was the case. Maxey showed exactly why he has been a seamless fit in the city in his answer and as he put it when speaking with reporters: “I think it’s the work ethic. You know, the City of Philadelphia is such a blue-collar city and it’s like everybody here that goes to the games or that I see around town, they work extremely hard for what they have- like extremely hard for what they have. So when...
    Getty Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey is a part of a new Big 3 in Philadephia featuring himself, James Harden, and Joel Embiid. Tyrese Maxey’s insane competitiveness knows no bounds, including when he goes head-to-head against a future Hall of Famer. The third-year player has been “bumping heads” with James Harden in recent weeks on the playground. Maxey and Harden sometimes let their emotions get the best of them during pick-up basketball games. It’s all in good fun, just another instance of iron sharpening iron. Maxey looks up to Harden as his “big brother” in the locker room. “Every single time we play pick-up or 1-on-1 I don’t want to lose to James,” Maxey said. “It’s like playing against your big brother, and it’s been times where we played pickup in the past couple of weeks and we’re going to bump heads because I’m just extremely competitive like that. And he is, too. Which is really good.” backcourt checking in! ???? pic.twitter.com/phr9CxS8nN — Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) September 26, 2022 Don’t mistake their competitive fire for friction. They have bonded...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyrese Maxey is emerging as one of the best young stars in all of basketball, not just for the Philadelphia 76ers. His scoring bag is deep; the two-guard is capable of using his speed and athleticism to whizz past slower defenders while also pulling up when his perimeter guards are just a step too far away. Maxey is talented, there’s no question. When the Sixers drafted him with the 21st pick in 2020, they took a chance on his pedigree: Maxey is a former top-10 high school player who slipped after a slow season with Kentucky. And he’s lived up to that pedigree through two seasons in Philadelphia. That’s because even more than his raw talent, he’s shown a willingness to improve his game to reach that All-Star-level ceiling. Maxey also brings an infusion of youth to a roster that is quickly aging. Ben Simmons was replaced by the fading stardom of James Harden. PJ Tucker — now 37 — isn’t getting any younger either. All of these factors should make...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. There is no shortage of heroes in the history of the Philadelphia 76ers. Between old-school legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Dr. J, Charles Barkley, and Moses Malone to newer era studs like Allen Iverson and (briefly) Andre Igoudala, the City of Brotherly Love has seen its fair share of hardwood greats. A few more names might join that legion from the current crop of Sixers. Joel Embiid is on a Philadelphia sports Mt. Rushmore trajectory if he adds an MVP and championship to his already loaded resume. James Harden lacks the time spent in Philadelphia to say the same as Embiid but is a future Hall of Famer nonetheless. And then there’s Tyrese Maxey. Could he be the best home-grown guard to throw on a Sixers uni since Iverson? It’s certainly possible. Ben Simmons was supposed to be that before ultimately flaming out two seasons ago. Maxey is undersized, smooth, scrappy, and is building a rapport with the fans. He has a ways to go before catching Iverson in any stat-competition,...
    Getty Tyrese Maxey #0 of the Philadelphia 76ers. Tyrese Maxey saw his star explode last season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The former Kentucky Wildcat proved he was worth far more than the late first-round pick that the Sixers spent on him just two summers ago. The guard stepped right into the void left by Ben Simmons after his decision to sit out and blossomed. He churned out 17.5 points per game along with 4.3 assists in his first season as a starter. With his sophomore season now under his belt, Maxey’s star should continue to rise, including earning a trip to the All-Star game next season. But above all else, it was Maxey’s three-point shooting that left fans and analysts salivating. Maxey connected on 42.7% of his triples during the regular season, a figure that dipped just a touch to 37.7% during the playoffs. If he can sustain those numbers next season, the Sixers should have a far more spaced and balanced lineup than when Simmons played in Philadelphia. Tyrese Maxey—one of the best transition guards I’ve ever...