Philadelphia 76ers: Tyrese Maxey has a chance to shine

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The Philadelphia 76ers were without Shake Milton in their last game and according to Noah Levick of NBCSPhilly, head coach Doc Rivers has indicated that Milton will be out for the rest of the team’s current road trip. Milton’s loss will be felt by the Sixers as he’s been one of their best players off the bench.

He’s averaged 14.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 3.0 assists, while converting 45.2 percent from the field and 30.6 percent from the 3-point line. However, for the Sixers, not all hope is lost for this stretch of games.

The Sixers selected Tyrese Maxey with the 21st pick in this past draft and this is a time where he can really step up in the absence of Milton.

Maxey can shine for the Philadelphia 76ers in Milton’s place.

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In the previous game that Milton sat out, Maxey played 13 minutes, scored five points, and went 2-8 from the floor. Certainly not an all inspiring performance, but the rookie point guard has had some major flashes of potential to warrant this take.

On the season, he’s averaged 8.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while shooting 45.9 percent from the floor and 29.4 percent from the 3-point line. On top of that, he had 10 double-digit scoring games so far this year. He scored double-digits for a six-game span and even had a 39-point outing during the stretch.

Despite that early success, Maxey’s role has greatly limited due to the fact the team is now healthy and his limited ability to hit outside shots. That being said, he has a chance to earn more minutes.

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Maxey has the ability to create his own shot at a high percent inside the arc, which can still be a skill that the Philadelphia 76ers can value in the second unit. With Milton out, Maxey has a shot to reclaim some minutes within the rotation moving forward.