Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Tyrese Maxey was penciled in for his first start and the kid dropped 39 points on cue. That’s the highest scoring outing from a rookie in his debut since 1970, by the way.
Have a year, Philly.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid didn’t play on Saturday, so Maxey had free reign to hoist up 33 shot attempts. Literally no fear, which led to 18 made field goals and hitting three deep balls. Maxey also distributed the ball with six assists, but unfortunately his performance wasn’t enough as the Sixers fell to the Denver Nuggets 115-103.
Best part of the night was the picture the 76ers gave Maxey for the pre-game starting lineup:
Why they use Tyrese Maxey school photo for this? 😂 pic.twitter.com/WVFULC1kGc— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) January 9, 2021
Somewhere Tyrese Maxey is telling teammates his mom made him smile. Does Philly have something on its hands? Probably not, but still an impressive night from the youngster.