Sixers rookie Tyrese Maxey loves what Dwight Howard offers the team

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The Philadelphia 76ers are playing some pretty good basketball to begin the 2020-21 season. They are off to a 6-1 start and they are still working out the kinks in the process as well which is a good thing to have right now to be able to continue to win and work out any issues.

One thing that hasn’t been too much of an issue has been the play of the bench unit. Guys like rookie Tyrese Maxey have come in and provided the team a big spark whenever they need it. He had 11 points and he knocked down two 3-pointers in Monday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets which had Joel Embiid feeling happy about his rookie point guard.

Another big reason for the team’s early success has been the presence of Dwight Howard. He has continued to be a big, positive influence in the locker room and he has provided some good play off the bench to allow Embiid to rest and he has been an underrated pickup in the offseason.

“He’s a former champion,” said Maxey. “He knows what he’s talking about. He’s been around this league for a long time, I think he said 17 years maybe which just seems unheard of. He’s still in the best shape of his life. He’s a vet that you want to listen to. He’s done it for a long time, he knows how to do it, he knows how to be professional, and he’s really helped me and I think all of us rookies as well and the whole team.”

Howard has also been a big help in Maxey’s production on the floor. He has set some terrific screens and that means the explosive rookie can get to the basket. So, not only has the veteran big man been terrific for him off the floor, but he has also been helpful for Maxey in the offensive game.

“Very easy,” the rookie said of Howard. “Easy to make reads, pass for each other, pass to get the other guys open, and even score for myself. It’s crazy how it seems like he’s hitting a defender every single time. There’s so much space as soon as you come off the screen, and I really appreciate him for that so I try to give him a couple of touches to down low for sure.”

The Sixers will look to continue their strong start on Wednesday against the Washington Wizards at home.

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