The Philadelphia 76ers had the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and selected Kentucky G Tyrese Maxey on Wednesday night virtually from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. Ben Simmons’ season-ending knee injury ended the 76ers’ title hopes and they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round without their two-way star. The Process is ongoing and Philadelphia could blow the whole thing up ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Simmons and Joel Embiid are both superstar when healthy, but injuries occur far too often for the cornerstones of Philadelphia’s franchise. Al Horford proved to be a horrible replacement for Jimmy Butler and the team could adopt a new philosophy now that Doc Rivers is the new head coach and Daryl Morey is the the president of basketball operations. There have been rumblings about the possibility of a James Harden trade, but The Beard is trying to force his way to the Brooklyn Nets. Can Philadelphia get back on track under new leadership?
First-Round Pick Analysis
The Philadelphia 76ers are getting an athletic guard in Tyrese Maxey, who can play both guard spots on the floor. The 6-foot-3 Maxey played off the ball at Kentucky, but will continue to develop as a playmaker.
In his only season at the University of Kentucky, Maxey averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He also shot 42.7 percent from the field, but 29.2 percent from three-point range. In addition to his offense, the versatile combo guard is a willing defender, which will help the Sixers, who already have solid defenders in Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle, and Joel Embiid.