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Tyrese Maxey learning how to balance being himself and being a point guard

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“I think the first couple of days of training camp, I got away from being Tyrese Maxey, and I told Spence after the first preseason game in Toronto, I’ll never let myself do that again. I can’t, no matter what the situation is, I can’t get away from being Tyrese Maxey,” said the young guard. “That’s what helps the team win.”

In his rookie season, Maxey averaged 8.0 points and 2.0 assists as his main role was to score off the bench. “At the end of the day, this is a job and whatever the situation is, you have to be ready and be prepared for it. Last year was the biggest test of my life as far as not knowing when I was going to play, not knowing where my role was going to be, but one thing I always told myself was I was going to stay ready for the moment and do whatever I need to do to help this team win.”

One aspect that Maxey does want to bring to the position in his second season is an ability to knock down the 3-pointer. “Playing with guys like Joel, Ben, Tobias, those guys create situations where my man has to help. To be able to stay on the court, you have to knock down shots and then just being an on-ball player, I like being able to shoot off the dribble as well.”

This will be a challenging season for Maxey no matter what the circumstance will be.

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