3 positive takeaways from the 2021-22 season: Tyrese Maxey’s emergence
The final positive aspect to take away from this past season was the emergence of Tyrese Maxey. Maxey was the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. There weren’t high expectations of him and despite that, he showed flashes of greatness during his rookie year.
However, after a full offseason to work on his game, Maxey came into this past season as a completely different player. Not only did he use his speed to gain an advantage, but he improved as a shooter, playmaker, defender, and rebounder.
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An argument could be made that he should have won the Most Improved Player Award. He had surpassed Tobias Harris on the team’s hierarchy and he was the second best player until Harden was acquired. Even after the trade, he was pushing Harden to be the team’s second best player.
He and Harden now make arguably the best backcourt in the East. The crazy part is that Maxey’s only 21-years-old and still has room to grow. There’s a strong argument that he and Embiid are the only players who should be untouchable on the 76ers roster now. It’s also fair to say that he could very well be an All-Star next season.
While this season as a whole ended on a negative note, there are a few positives that the Philadelphia 76ers can take away from this year.