Among the very good students of the 2020 Draft, Tyrese Maxey he’s been the Sixers’ delight for nearly two years. Chosen in the 21st position by the Philadelphia franchise after a good “rookie” season in Kentucky (14 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists), the “combo guard” thought, however, that his name would be called for the previous selection.
This is what he told Yahoo Sports, just hours before a crucial Game 6 against the Heat, precisely. ” I thought Miami was going to pick me 20th. he admits. ” Of course, he was happy to be recruited. It was my dream come true. But I’m also a competitor, and I thought I was good enough to move on. When teams fail, we don’t forget it.”
The Heat, who the previous year had selected another Kentucky-bred player (Tyler Herro at #14), had selected Precious Achiuwa that night, with this 20th pick. Before sending him to Toronto after his rookie season, as part of the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade last summer.
Tyrese Maxey also adds that he first saw himself at the end of the “lottery” in San Antonio, which was ranked 11th, or in Orlando, ranked 15th. But the Spurs and Magic had selected Devin Vassell and Cole Anthony, respectively. ” Miami, Orlando and San Antonio. These are the three teams that I envisioned as my possible destinations. When I started to slip, it bothered me. »
The “fit” instead of the “selection”
If the selection of Tyrese Maxey in the 21st position of the Sixers today seems one of the best shots of the 2020 Draft (17.5 points at 48.5%, 3.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists this season), it still had to be digested. the “drop by there.
It was his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who took care of it by reminding his young client that “fit” with a team was more important than draft position.
Clearly, he was clearly earning a pick out of Philly, on a playoff team, instead of a previous pick, and perhaps more accolades, but on a much worse team.
” The [Rich Paul] he used a phrase while preparing for the Draft: the ‘fit’ instead of the ‘pick’. He explained that it was more important to land on THE right team than to be selected early. remember the third leading scorer for the Sixers. ” And I think that mentality helped me. Because we want to be in a team that gives us our chance, with the right system, the right teammates. And Rich knows me, he knows I want to win. He reassured me like that, and today I am satisfied to be where I am, helping a team that aspires to a title. »
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