Tyrese Maxey‘s injury is a broken left foot and the Philadelphia 76ers guard is expected to be out 3-4 for four weeks, according to a report Adrian Wojnarowski. He was eliminated late in the first half in Friday’s 112-109 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Initial X-rays were negative, but further MRI scans performed early Saturday morning showed the fracture, according to Wojnarowski.
“(Maxey) said what he always says: ‘Coach, I’m fine'”, 76ers coach Doc Rivers said after the Milwaukee game, confirming that Maxey wore a boot as a precaution. “But you know, I don’t know if he’ll be good right away, I would guess.”
In 15 games of the 2022-23 season, Maxey enjoyed one of the best years of his pro career. He has a spot on the Philadelphia starting lineup and is averaging 22.9 points per game — ranking 19th in the NBA — on 46.2% shots from the field. He also provides 4.4 assists per game.
Maxey enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2021-22, playing in 75 games from 74 starts, averaging 17.5 points per game. He shot 48.5% from field and 42.7% from 3-point range while playing over 35 minutes per game.
Coach of Kentucky prior to his sophomore year John Calipari – Maxey’s coach in college – commented on the former Wildcats star’s potential.
“‘He didn’t play that much and it never upset him. He’s now getting more time on the Eastern Conference No. 1 team. I’m so proud of him.’ – @UKCoachCalipari on Tyrese Maxey” 975 The Fanatic tweeted. “‘Where he was drafted, I couldn’t believe it. I swore he was going to be a lottery winner… He’s only going to get better, his shooting is becoming more consistent. I’ll tell you, he’s not scared… He could have sulked and complained about not playing, but he didn’t. He’s been waiting for his chance to prove himself and he’s only 20 years old!”
Maxey was #21 overall in the 2020 NBA draft, so not a lottery pick. As a rookie in 2020-21 (61 games), Maxey finished with eight points per game, 1.7 rebounds per game, two assists per game, shooting 46.2% from the floor and 30.1% from three-pointers Reach at an average of 15.3 minutes per game.
He improved in the playoffs, getting 16 minutes per game and averaging nine points per game, two rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game, shooting 50% from the floor and 40% from three-point range. In a Game 4 loss, Maxey posted a playoff career-high 15 points, while in Game 5 he scored 13 points and led the series to victory.
In his only season with the Kentucky Wildcats, Maxey finished with 14 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, .9 steals per game and shooting 42.7% from the floor.
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Maxey signed with Kentucky from South Garland (Texas) High in 2019. He ranked #10 nationally, #3 combo guard, and #2 in Texas.