The Philadelphia 76ers‘ guard Tyrese Maxey has become a must-watch player in the NBA. He has impressively taken over since the departures of Ben Simmons and James Harden. He has showcased a lethal partnership with Joel Embiid that positions him as an early contender for the NBA Most Improved Player.
In the 138-94 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Maxey claimed the top spot on the player’s statistics chart, recording 31 points, eight assists, and three rebounds. His overall season performance is equally remarkable, with an average of 26.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists during an average game time of 38.4 minutes.
Maxey shared an inspiring story about how LeBron James motivated him in a post-game press conference following the Lakers matchup. He recounted a meaningful incident that took place in the gym. This is what he said:
The numbers, everything speaks for itself. He's also someone who's really good at basketball. He's still trying to beat me to the gym. His accolades are through the roof. His want and drive to beat a 22-year-old to the gym who hasn't done anything, man, that just shows who he is. Hats off to him.
Tyrese Maxey via post-game press conference
LeBron James, despite breaking the record of the NBA player with the most minutes, wasn’t able to stop the biggest loss in his NBA career. In the game, he scored 18 points and created five assists. He would hope tp propel the Lakers back to winning ways when they travel to the Little Caesar’s Arena to face the Detroit Pistons.
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Tyrese Maxey is a contender for NBA Most Improved Player
Maxey has truly had a breakout season, emerging from the shadows to become the perfect partner for superstar Joel Embiid. With many pundits foreseeing him as an early contender for the Most Improved Player of the 2023 season, his performance is garnering well-deserved recognition.
His most outstanding performance of the season occurred against the Indiana Pacers, achieving a remarkable 50 points, seven rebounds, and five assists in a 137-126 home-court victory.
His season numbers showcase significant improvement, with last season’s averages at 20.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. This improvement is attributed to his excellent understanding of Embiid, developed during postseason training, and his role as the team’s primary ball-handler following James Harden’s trade to the Clippers.
The 76ers are undoubtedly hoping that Maxey maintains this trajectory. If they secure a player who complements Embiid, it positions themselves to contend for the NBA title in a challenging Eastern Conference. The conference already features contenders like Jayson Tatum‘s Bolton Celtics and Giannis’ Bucks. Up next for Maxey and the 76ers is a matchup on the road against the New Orleans Pelicans.