There is a real argument that Tyrese Maxey has revitalized the Philadelphia 76ers organization more than any other player in recent history. After being selected by the Sixers with the 21st overall pick in the 2020 draft, Maxey quickly emerged as a core part of the franchise’s future. His maturity beyond his years and NBA-ready abilities pushed the Sixers’ championship window further open. He was vital to navigating during Ben Simmons’ holdout and has grown into a part of the Sixers’ big three on offense despite being just 22 years old.

After a brief shooting slump early this season, Maxey had a bounce-back performance against the Hawks with a 26-point and nine-assist performance which was vital to the Sixers’ success. Following the victory, it was assistant coach Sam Cassell that spoke to the media as Doc Rivers had a personal matter he had to deal with.

The assistant coach spoke glowingly of the young guard when asked about him. As Cassell stated, “I wish we had 12 more Tyrese Maxeys on this ball club. The kid works extremely hard, he takes my criticism, I’m very hard on him if y’all don’t know that by now…he’s my least worry on this team. He’s a true professional.”

“The Sky is the limit… He’s a true professional and it’s a blessing for me personally to have a guy like that to work with”

Sam Cassell had high praise for Tyrese Maxey.

— NBA (@NBA) November 13, 2022

Maxey and Cassell’s Relationship

The relationship between Cassell and Maxey has been a key part of the young guard’s growth. This has been the reputation of Cassell as a coach as he played a key role in John Wall’s development in addition to several other players- mainly guards. He was initially brought in to accelerate Simmons’ development but ended up with a much more willing recipient of his coaching in Maxey.

Cassell had no issue comparing Maxey to Wall when asked during a deep dive by Noah Levick of NBC Sports Philadelphia. As the assistant coach put it when asked if the two share similarities, “Absolutely. Those two guys you named, their great NBA skill is speed with the ball. And both of them have a great knack for making layups through traffic. John developed into a pretty good …read more



Sixers Coach Opens Up On Relationship With Tyrese Maxey

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