Sixers: 3 players who have stood out in preseason

Tyrese Maxey, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Sixers who have stood out in preseason: Tyrese Maxey

So, Tyrese Maxey… pretty good, huh?

Maxey has been the Sixers’ best player through three preseason games. It’s only three preseason games, so temper expectations a little bit, but the 21-year-old looks more than ready for the customary third-year leap so many young players make.

If Embiid and Harden are known entities (Harden much less so than Embiid), the degree of Maxey’s improvement next season could determine their ceiling as championship contenders. He looks even more comfortable firing away from deep. Once a very limited shooter, Maxey might be the most prolific 3-point shooter on the team. Combine that with elite burst off the dribble, improved strength finishing through contact at the rim, and a more daring approach to playmaking, and Maxey has all the makings of an offensive star.

There’s no doubt that Harden’s tutelage has helped Maxey take the next step (or five thousand steps). Maxey also works harder than just about everyone. He’s selfless but confident. Hard-working but humble. His willingness to receive input and implement changes has been a wonder to behold. There aren’t many young players built like Maxey, and that’s part of why it’s so easy to be optimistic about his future.

We’re still in the preseason. We have to wait for Maxey’s “leap” to take root in the games that count. But every indicator suggests he will get better, and he will do so expeditiously. Those ready to coronate him as Philly’s No. 2 over Harden might be a tad premature, but Maxey is going to score a lot of points (a lot of them off of Harden assists). Get excited.

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