Going into last season, the Philadelphia 76ers were in a rather strange predicament. After an impressive performance in the post-season, Ben Simmons decided he wanted a change of scenery. While Daryl Morey weighed his options for a suitable return, the former No. 1 pick has distanced himself from the team.
With a hole in his starting lineup, Doc Rivers turned to Tyrese Maxey to fill the void of the three-time All-Star. What started out as an unfortunate circumstance turned out to be the launching pad for the sophomore keeper’s career. Maxey explodes at the scene and quickly shows why he’s considered the biggest thief in his class. In his first season playing full-time, the 21-year-old averaged 17.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG and 4.3 APG.
Many areas of Maxey’s game took a step forward in his second year, and one person who deserves credit for this is assistant coach Sam Cassell. The three-time former champion has aided a lot of defense during his coaching years, with Maxey as his newest student.
Along with Cassell’s coaching, Maxey’s motivation and work ethic was the main catalyst in his constantly evolving game. In a recent interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia, Cassell revealed how hard it is to be a worker behind the scenes.
No, I’m not that hard on boys, he said with a chuckle. Dealing with a man like Tyrese Maxey, it’s like… a workout pro or this is how you should work out. If every player in the league has his intensity and work ethic – that’s great. This tournament has been great. If a team had 15 Tyrese Maxeys on their team – with his work ethic – it would be a great team. Not a good team, but a great team.
Maxey’s biggest leap came from his three-point shot. After hitting only 30% out of three times as a rookie, his percentage spiked to 42.7% and doubled in volume (1.7x per game to 4.1) .
Myles Powell Signs Deal Abroad
Due to a lack of depth at the post, the Sixers signed a two-way contract with Myles Powell for emergency situations. The 25-year-old spent most of his time in the G-League, where he averaged 22.4 PPG and 3.1 APG. Powell played a total of 52 minutes for the Sixers in 11 games. During that time, he’s got 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
After a brief stint in Philly, Powell will be traveling abroad to further his career. Recent reports have come out that he has signed with the Bay Area Dragons of the East Asia Super League.
Daryl Morey has high hopes for Matisse Thybulle
With the start of a new season approaching, discussions have begun about who is likely to have a explosive year in 2023. As for the Sixers, many have assumed De’Anthony Melton is the man with may explode on stage this year, but Daryl Morey has another player in mind.
While doing the Instagram AMA, Morey was asked who was the Sixers’ arguably worst player this season. He chose defensive expert Matisse Thybulle.
In 66 games last year, Thybulle posted career highs in PPG (5.7), SPG (1.7) and BPG (1.1). The former pick in the first round also received the All-round Defensive title for the second consecutive season.
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