Sixers ran into the opportunity on Wednesday night to take on a talented, one-time Kentucky player.
With his first selection for the first round in five years, new basketball president Daryl Morey took combined Guardsman Tyrese Maxey with 21st pick in the NBA Draft in 2020. It was a little surprising that Maxey went on to number 21. RJ Hampton , Tyrell Terry and Desmond Bane were other potential options on board at this stage.
“I was excited because I think teams tend to focus on weaknesses instead of celebrating strengths with boys falling,” Mori said early Thursday morning. “He was the best basketball player in the United States. … Historically, guys with his pedigree who play at an effective level in the top team, you just put yourself in a really good place to get a player who can help over time.
“I think another thing that really helped was that obviously our staff is doing great in the background. This is a person who is constantly working on his game. He is improving his game every year and he is also a great team. These things are If you have top-level talent like him plus you love basketball and you̵
Maxey is attractive for Sixers because of his ability to play both on and off the ball and his strong defense. He allowed just 0.26 points for a 1 on 1 (97th percentile) possession for NBA.com. The 20-year-old is a high-energy, charismatic kid who plays with joy and seems to enjoy big stages. He worked with Ben Simmons, another client of Klutch Sports. It’s not hard to imagine Simmons and Maxie sharing a backfield in certain squads, with Maxie guarding the point guards and Simmons facing off against the wings.
“I’ve been in the gym since May, I went out in Los Angeles in May,” Maxie said. “I was there too, I worked every day. I think everyone stops by and always sees me working and grinding there. … It was great to have guys like LeBron (James) and even Ben Simmons as older brothers and For someone like me, a rookie who comes to the league, it’s great to have these guys on your side. “
His jump will be just a question mark, just like a by-product of him, making only 29.2% of his attempts with three points in college. Still, there doesn’t seem to be anything terribly wrong with his mechanics, although he had a slightly low release in Kentucky and it’s encouraging that he made 83.3% of his free throws.
He’s not the elite shooter the Sixers could have at Terry or Bane, but Maxey doesn’t seem to have a broken shot and seems ready to contribute in other ways.
“I think I bring in a competitive nature,” he said, “a winning spirit as far as I play competitively in the defensive end. And even at the offensive end I feel that I can help manage a team, I feel that I can score and get out of the ball and be a great asset for the team. “
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