With the 2023-24 NBA season just around the corner, we zoom in on every player on the Philadelphia 76ers roster and see where they left off in the previous campaign and the expectations around them.
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76ers Player Preview: How Tyrese Maxey can soar to new heights
2022-23 Stats: 20.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 0.8 SPG, 0.1 BPG, 48.1/43.4/84.5 splits
Where he left off:
Tyrese Maxey logged a career year in 2022-23, posting new benchmarks in just his third year despite missing 22 games due to injury and starting in only 41 contests. Nevertheless, he was one of the most consistent players for the 76ers, ending up as the team’s third-leading scorer in the regular season and tied for second-best in the playoffs.
The soon-to-be 23-year-old continued to wow everyone with his impeccable skill as a bona fide and efficient three-level scorer. He was fifth in the association in three-point field goal percentage, besting even the likes of Stephen Curry, Buddy Hield, and Klay Thompson, and this held up in the postseason for the most part, where he drained 40 percent of his triples.
What to expect:
What happens with James Harden will dictate a lot for Maxey heading into Year 4. But with him still on the roster, it’s reasonable to expect maxey to continue being the 76ers’ second or third option behind Embiid.
That being said, Harden’s presence or absence shouldn’t stunt his continuous growth. Philadelphia’s brass has made him untouchable in trades for a reason, and with a contract extension just waiting in the wings, it would be to the franchise’s interest to elevate his role further and push the limits to what they can do with his skillset, especially under new head coach Nick Nurse.
Look for Maxey to set a new career-high in points per game, even though a higher usage rate could hamper his shooting percentages a tad. With more on-ball preps, his meager assists numbers should shoot up.