• Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

How long can Maxey keep producing at this level?

In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

Ryan Knaus details Philadelphia 76ers G Tyrese Maxey's rise as the No. 1 option with so many pieces out and what his fantasy value is moving forward.

Video Transcript

RYAN KNAUS: Any questions about Tyrese Maxey's go-to guard potential have been answered emphatically over the past few weeks. With Joel Embiid among a group of teammates on the sidelines, Maxey has taken over the offense with fantastic results. During a six-game stretch in November, he averaged 25 points, almost five dimes and four boards, two triples, and just under a steal and a block. The kicker is that he's been ultra efficient, with 56% field goals and 92% free throws, both on high shot volume

Maxey's ability to get to the line is even more important because of the NBA's rule changes, which have lowered free throws league-wide by roughly 10%. The shooting may prove unsustainable, but the underlying efficiency isn't. And Maxey is also extremely stingy with turnovers. On the season, he has a 3.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, which is third best among point guards behind only TJ McConnell and Chris Paul.

This roller coaster ride will likely take a dip when Joel Embiid returns, as Maxey's usage without Embiid is 23.4%. But with Embiid, it falls down to 17%. And, yet, the biggest threat to Maxey's value isn't Embiid but the prospect that Philly will eventually acquire someone in a Ben Simmons trade who might cut into his role rest of season. There are too many what-ifs in that scenario to build a coherent fantasy strategy though, so just keep him locked into your lineups and enjoy massively outsized production from a player you likely drafted outside the top 120.