Sixers Podcast: Sixers impress without Harden + Maxey’s hot start

Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers, Tyrese Maxey (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Sixer Sense Podcast has regular-season basketball to discuss. Since the last podcast, the Sixers played three games. On opening night, the team suffered a one-point loss, 118-117 in Milwaukee with the debut of Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo playing alongside each other. Dame Time put up 14 points in the fourth quarter to close the door, but the Sixers and Kelly Oubre impressed.

Following that loss, the Sixers stacked up back-to-back wins in Toronto against the Raptors and then in their home opener Sunday night, against the Portland Trailblazers. Tyrese Maxey has been balling out and is averaging 31 points per game in the first three games of the season. Running the point, Maxey looks comfortable with the ball in his hands and is operating a fluid offense. Is Maxey on track to make his first All-Star game this season? And will the return of James Harden hinder Maxey’s growth?

Speaking of James Harden, he is back with the Sixers and is ramping up to be ready to get on the floor again soon. Lucas Johnson and Jonathan Geib discuss whether the Sixers should want Harden back and if he will help or hurt this team on the floor. The guys debate when they think Harden will make his Sixers debut.

Another player who could be impacted, good or bad, by Harden’s return is Joel Embiid. Embiid is averaging 7 assists per game and his playmaking is adding a new dynamic to this Sixers offense. Is Embiid modeling his offensive game after Nikola Jokic? If he sustains this level of play, is it possible he will win a second consecutive MVP award?

The podcast closes out with the guys going around the NBA to discuss the early news from other Eastern and Western Conference teams. Can you guess the topics Lucas and Jonathan want to talk about?

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