Tyrese Maxey was everything and more that Philadelphia 76ers fans had hoped for in his two seasons in the NBA. His infectious energy, community impact and dazzling on-pitch play were nothing short of extraordinary. The 21-year-old has raised expectations in his third season as he’s climbed the pecking order and become a crucial part of the Sixers’ offense.
Maxey has handled everything thrown his way so 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 is putting into training camp this year. Doc Rivers and the Sixers made it their mission to ask Maxey to do it relax with his exercise habits for fear that he sometimes overdoes it. The young Warden is best known for his early morning workouts.
The Breakfast Club
When asked about the origin of these early morning habits, Maxey thought back to his younger days before the NBA. As he said it:
“I think it started in the summer in 10th grade high school. I remember training with Rod Clark who is in Tennessee now, I trained with him a few times. He just did this thing called The Breakfast Club. He got a group of guys together; one of my best friends, Chris, who’s going to the state of Oklahoma now,” Maxey explained, explaining where his early morning habit came from.
“We would get up early in the morning, we would go there. “Early” back then was like 7. And then one day we spent the night at his house. And he said, ‘Man, let’s go to practice at 4:30.’ He woke us all up. We all slept in there. He woke us up and we went in there and worked out at 4:30-4:45 in the morning. And since then I’ve just felt like, I mean, when I came to Kentucky, I organized myself a little bit breakfast club with my teammates. It just felt like my advantage. I’m just trying to get out there and do whatever it takes, man. Whatever it takes to be the best I can be to help the team I’m on,” per Austin Krell from The Painted Lines.
This habit has carried over into his professional career, as Maxey has been spotted bright and early at the gym on numerous occasions. He embodies his motto “Getting one percent better every day and the results showed clearly in his game.
What’s next for Maxey?
Given the huge leap forward he made last season, it’s difficult to predict what’s next for the third-year guard. After Maxey was given limited opportunities as a rookie averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last year. He also hit on 42.7% of his three-point attempts, which was the third-best percentage in the entire NBA.
Maxey was thrust into the spotlight during Ben Simmons’ holdout and jumped at the opportunity. He now plays a key role in the Sixers trio of Maxey, Embiid and Harden. While his 6ft 2in height suggests he should be a point guard, Maxey is more natural when it comes to creating his own shot. After Harden’s arrival in Philadelphia, he saw his scores increase from 16.9 to 18.7 points per game. With a full season in which Harden assumes primary playmaking responsibility, there is hope that Maxey’s scoring streak will continue.
Expectations for The Franchise are certainly high, but he’s provided plenty of evidence as to why he can live up to them. With one thing for sure, Maxey will surely be prepared should the opportunity arise.
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