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Talented Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey tops CBS’ Rookie Power Rankings

January 20th, 2021

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Tyrese Maxey continues to turn heads to begin the season, including NBA legend Dwyane Wade. After somehow falling to number 21 in the 2020 NBA draft, Maxey has continued to show that he was a lottery pick and give the teams that passed on him some headaches.

After being pushed into the starting lineup due to some tough circumstances, Maxey has averaged 19.4 points and he shot 48.9% from the floor in his past five games. His ability to put the ball on the floor, get to the basket, and knock down some pull-up jumpers has been a big get for this team.

In the latest Rookie Power Rankings performed by CBS, Maxey comes in at number 1 on the list after his terrific play as of late:

Maxey was put in a precarious situation this past week, as the Sixers pushed him into the starting lineup after Philadelphia had several key players like Tobias Harris who were sidelined due to the league’s health and safety protocols. He not only handled the challenge well, but he shattered expectations. In the loss to Denver, in which Philadelphia was without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Harris and several other key players, Maxey put up a ridiculous 39 points in his first career start.

It helps that he was playing against Denver, who ranks 24th in the league in defensive rating, still though, he was making and taking some tough shots. He was going right at the defense, and finishing around the rim. He looked straight up surgical with how he was cutting through the Nuggets defense, and coupled that with several tough jumpers. It’s no wonder Philly didn’t want to include him in a deal for James Harden, this kid is tough.

Maxey will only continue to get better with the maniacal work ethic he possesses and the coaching of Doc Rivers as well as the leadership of his veteran teammates. The Sixers seem to have really hit on the talented guard out of Kentucky.


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