Philadelphia 76ers: Tyrese Maxey needs to be primary perimeter focus

Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

The Philadelphia 76ers and fans have been pleasantly surprised watching with the development of Tyrese Maxey. Maxey’s ascension is great for many reasons. One reason being is that it is totally a present and essential need for the Sixers’ offense.

The ball club can use his quickness, fearlessness, toughness, ball security, and shot-making as a lead ball-handler at times. The Sixers can basically use Maxey’s skill and talent to make something out of nothing.

Maxey’s ball-handling is essential for the Philadelphia 76ers.

First things first, let me say I am not fully on the “James Harden is washed” narrative bandwagon. I completely understand why people say this despite me being optimistic about it since this is the best Robin to Joel Embiid’s Batman in Embiid’s tenure as a Sixer.

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His age, recent injuries, and his minutes logged since being traded to the Houston Rockets in 2013 cause skepticism for Harden, and rightfully so. Yet with this being public knowledge and the knowledge the Sixers have from working with Harden for a month and change,Harden is still heavily relied on.

The Sixers need to be more lenient and gracious with Maxey to carry some offensive load in the playoffs. It’s for the sake of everyone involved. It would make everyone better, everyone involved. Maxey himself, Embiid, Harden, and Tobias Harris specifically. That’s the Core Four currently in place.

The Core Four needs to combine for at least 75 to 80 percent of the team’s points for this Sixers team to be real contenders. Split Harden’s and Harris’ anyway your heart desires because Embiid and Maxey need to have at least 20 points per player. As long as those guys combine for 85-90 points that would put the Sixers in a decent position.