Considering many projected Maxey to go earlier than the Philadelphia 76ers’ 21st overall pick, the young guard was hardly linked to the Sixers ahead of draft night.
Although Maxey’s rookie season has been filled with ups and downs as he’s seen himself in and out of the rotation, he never got discouraged. While he’s still battling for minutes as the playoffs are here, Maxey has earned the respect of his peers. As his humbleness won’t allow him to get too overly confident, resulting in him remaining hungry and willing to work wherever whenever, Maxey has shown to his elder teammates that he’s got what it takes to have a long and successful career in the NBA.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated.