You have to forgive the people of Philadelphia. We always have this tendency to wait for the other shoe to drop. When things go well – like the current state of Philly’s sport – it feels like a generational wound is about to break.
So, when watching Tyrese Maxey during his two pre-season games, the first thought is It’s just pre-season Or any other idea needed to mitigate the excitement. This mentality is understandable.
This is the same organization that molded Larry Hughes on Paul Pierce and Dirk Nowitzki, so the fear is justified. Imagining Pierce or Nowitzki spending their Hall of Fame career alongside Prime Minister Allen Iverson is tearful.
But the screw. Get crazy thinking about Maxey’s roof and how good it can be.
for one time , Sixers They are the ones who benefited from the thinking of the scouting departments. When the team chose Maxi XXI overall, many thought it would be a steal. Did they think he would score 39 points in a game as a rookie? Maybe not. Did they think he would be a key player the following season, hit more than 40 per cent of all three and star in the postseason? Mostly not.
So, with Maxey emerging as the best player on the planet in two pre-season games, let your imagination run wild. The 21-year-old scored 41 points on 15 of 19 (5 of 7 of three) in two basketball halves. Not only does he seemingly move to where he left off from qualifying, but he also appears to have reached another level of aggressiveness by finding his own shot.
“This bootcamp has been huge for me because this was my first year in camp and I know what my role is,” Maxi said after Wednesday night’s pre-season win. “In my first year, I was a rookie and didn’t know what to expect. In my second year, we had a lot of work and I moved on to a key role. I always said I would be ready for any coach. [Rivers] He throws me, but in the third year, I know exactly what my role is and I know exactly how to help my team win. I feel confident because of the work I have done, so I am confident in myself. And then I trust my teammates, who trust me.”
Rivers has previously said that the next step in Maxi’s evolution is enforcement. While he often acquiesces to Joel Embiid and James Harden – for obvious reasons – there are moments when Maxi needs to get by. Rivers said great players don’t need a called play or a coach to direct them, they go to get it.
Again, the caveat that they are two pre-season games, but Maxey seemed very aggressive and not considerate in the least.
“He’s a nice, great guy, and he’s also a team guy,” said assistant Dave Joerger, who has been working at Rivers under the weather. “Sometimes you have to ask for the port and ask someone else to run so you can get it, because you are a prolific goalscorer and your speed will open things up for other players. We have a lot of players talking about it, but when we talk about it after the shots the progress is slower. A little — have him pose and make him play north and south, downhill. It’s good for us when he does that, and we have to keep encouraging that.”
Jürger, a longtime coach who has had two major jobs in Memphis and Sacramento, has likened Maxi’s speed to Prime Minister Russell Westbrook and Daron Fox – and the latter coached Jürger with the Kings. What separates Maxi from these two is, ironically, the thing that made him slip into the draft: the shooting.
These aforementioned players have never repaid above 38 percent of three for one season. Maxi hit 42.7 from the depth in just his second year. You’ve all heard a million times by now that Maxi’s bad shooting in Kentucky caused his nightly draft to slip. Maxi heard it, too. Which is why he spent so much time optimizing in this regard. Maxi’s work ethic is always one of the first things to talk about when discussing the third year guard, so this level of improvement should come as no surprise.
The combination of lethal speed and a rising jump makes Maxey a tough guard for any opponent the Sixers encounter – including the burgeoning Cleveland.
“He did a lot of damage against us,” Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff said before the game. “You hate to see it, but as a fan of the game, you love to see the players keep improving, guys who put in the effort. It’s hard to deal with. That’s what this league is about.”
While Maxey’s selflessness can sometimes lead to him being respectful on the court, he is truly loved by his teammates and the whole city. Even after two successful NBA seasons and a solid start to Year Three, Maxi is still the same humble kid from Garland, Texas, with Southern charm.
Although he would probably get attention in his first All-Star appearances, this is something he doesn’t care much about.
“Nothing at all,” he said. “Being an All-Star isn’t going to help us win a championship. Honestly, I just want to go out and try to help us win….Personal awards, I don’t have any interest in it. It’s all about the team. Doc said something I said on media day: It’s season” We”, not “me” season. So, it is what it is.
It’s a coach and fan’s dream come true.
“We all know how much it is to be around him, so when he’s successful it feels good because he’s so humble and so tender,” said Jörger.
“Joy” is probably the perfect word to use here. Maxi joy exudes while playing. The joy he brings to his teammates with his everlasting smile. Contagious joy spreads it to the Wells Fargo Center crowd.
“Joy” isn’t a word we often use around these parts, but that sounds different. This isn’t Sean Bradley on Benny Hardaway or Markel Foltz on Jason Tatum. This time around, the Sixers are the ones laughing a lot of the other time for passing a player with baffling potential.
When that negative voice creeps in and is trying to calm your excitement level, tell him to calm down.
There is a different maxi. enjoy it.