In the final hours of the NBA trade deadline on February 10, the Brooklyn Nets sent All-Stars James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Philadelphia 76ers, and in exchange, they received Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, and Andre Drummond. The Nets also received two first-round draft picks from the Sixers, acquiring their unprotected 2022 first-round pick, (which they elected to defer to 2023) as well as a top-8-protected 2027 first-round pick. But the Nets and Sixers both suffered disappointing playoff exits. Brooklyn was swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, and the Sixers were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
One of the keys to the Sixers’ future will be their young star Tyrese Maxey who benefitted greatly from Harden’s arrival. In an interview with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson of Bally Sports, Maxey spoke on the impact that the Harden trade had on his significant improvement.
“When James even came in, I think I really got a clear vision of when I had to be aggressive to score and then aggressive to create for others. I think it really did help me and my game blossomed,” Maxey said.
James Harden’s arrival to 76ers elevated Tyrese Maxey as a PG telling @BallySports: “When James even came in, I think I really got a clear vision of when I had to be aggressive to score & then aggressive to create for others. I think it really did help me & my game blossomed.” pic.twitter.com/sKBXSbMJDK
— 👑 Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson (@ScoopB) June 3, 2022
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Maxey Sounds off on Tough Adjustments in Harden’s Arrival
Per “Fast Philly Sports”, in the 21 games that he and Harden played together during the regular season, Maxey’s points increased from 17.3 to 18.0, with his three pointers made per game increasing from 1.4 to 2.6. His field goal percentage also improved from 47.5% to 51.5% with Harden, and his 3-point percentage increased significantly from 38.7% to 50.0%. But despite having such a big jump statistically in the last stretch of the season, Maxey says that having Harden join the Sixers when he did was still a tough adjustment.
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