Tyrese Maxey’s off-ball usage and his Matisse Thybulle impression
Prior to the season, head coach Doc Rivers talked about his offensive principles around Joel Embiid and how, even if Ben Simmons does not suit up, Rivers still wants someone in the dunker spot.
On various occasions, Embiid has demonstrably communicating where he’d like Maxey positioned in the dunker spot, which is understandable for both parties. Maxey is inheriting a new responsibility and Embiid wants to ensure they’re in lockstep as the young guard refines the job. For a small, speedy guard like Maxey who should further improve the his jumper, playing him around the arc instead of inside might nudge him beyond his comfort zones to better balance attacking and firing off the catch, and accelerate that learning curve with more reps.