At the 2020 Draft, Tyrese Maxey imagined himself… in Miami

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At the 2020 Draft, Tyrese Maxey imagined himself… in Miami

Among the very good students of the Draft 2020, Tyrese Maxey has been the delight of the Sixers for almost two years. Chosen in 21st position by the Philadelphia franchise after a good “freshman” season in Kentucky (14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists), the “combo guard” thought, however, that his name would be called for the previous choice.

This is what he told Yahoo Sports, a few hours before a crucial Game 6 against the Heat, precisely. ” I thought Miami was going to pick me at #20. he admits. ” Of course, I was happy to be drafted. It was my dream come true. But I’m also a competitor, and I thought I was good enough to go ahead. When teams fail, we don’t forget.

The Heat, which the previous year had selected another player trained in Kentucky (Tyler Herro in #14), had chosen Precious Achiuwa that night, with this 20th choice. Before sending him to Toronto after his rookie season, as part of Kyle Lowry’s “sign-and-trade” last summer.

Tyrese Maxey also adds that at first, he first saw himself at the end of the “lottery”, in San Antonio, which held the 11th choice, or in Orlando, in 15th position. But the Spurs and the Magic had selected Devin Vassell and Cole Anthony respectively. ” Miami, Orlando and San Antonio. These are the three teams that I imagined as my potential destinations. When I started to slip, it annoyed me. »

The “fit” rather than the “pick”

If the selection of Tyrese Maxey in 21st position by the Sixers today looks like one of the best shots of the 2020 Draft (17.5 points at 48.5%, 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists this season), it was still necessary to digest the “fall for the rear.

It was his agent, Rich Paul, of Klutch Sports, who took care of it, reminding his young client that the “fit” with a team was more important than the position in the Draft.

Clearly, he was clearly winning a selection by Philadelphia, in a playoff team, rather than an earlier selection, and perhaps more praise, but in a much worse team.

He [Rich Paul] used a phrase while preparing for the Draft: the ‘fit’ rather than the ‘pick’. He explained that it was more important to fall into THE right team than to be selected early recalls the Sixers’ third-leading scorer. ” And I think that mentality helped me. Because we want to be in a team that will give us our chance, with the right system, the right teammates. And Rich knows me, he knows I want to win. So he reassured me, and today I am satisfied to be where I am, helping a team that is aiming for a title. »

Tyrese Maxey Percentage Bounces
Season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Off Def Early pd party Int bp CT Points
2020-21 PHL 61 15 46.2 30.1 87.1 0.2 1.5 1.7 2.0 1.3 0.4 0.7 0.2 8.0
2021-22 PHL 75 35 48.5 42.7 86.6 0.4 2.9 3.2 4.3 2.1 0.7 1.2 0.4 17.5
Total 136 26 47.8 39.6 86.7 0.3 2.3 2.5 3.2 1.7 0.6 1.0 0.3 13.2

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