In his first season with new coach Nick Nurse, Springer is averaging 12.4 minutes per game while already playing nine games. He’s averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds, and his defensive work continues to impress.
“Extremely,” Maxey began. “I just told him I was proud of him. He’s coming along. He’s shooting the ball. He’s out there hustling. I’m gonna have to tell him to go guard the ball. When he comes in the game and tries to guard somebody on the wing, I’m like ‘Where are you going? This is your job. Come over here. Let’s go.’, but he’s been great, man.”
Considering that Maxey is 23 years old and in his fourth season now, this is the first time he is able to get on any younger teammates in the rotation. This is a moment he is going to relish with Springer in order to help him become a better and more helpful player.
“It’s funny, I’m older than him,” Maxey smiled. “So this is the first time I’ve had someone younger than me in the rotation so I can get on him a little bit.”