Tyrese Maxey appears to be working on point guard, Andre Drummond shines in pre-season loss to Toronto | Professional
In his defense, part of that could be attributed to not having Embiid (rest) and Tobias Harris (knee pain) on the ground. He played alongside them with Seth Curry and Danny Green in the starting lineup throughout training camp. Then on Monday, Drummond and Georges Niang replaced Embiid and Harris.
During Monday’s shootout, coach Doc Rivers was asked what he wanted to see from Maxey.
“Just basketball,” Rivers said. “Just go over there and play. Too soon, again. The longer Maxey stays on the floor, the better for Max. But even with him, we’re going to be watching his minutes at some point.”
Maxey focused on getting into the paint, helping the team pick up the offense, playing all court on defense and staying balanced.
The 20-year-old watched the playoff movie to review the pieces and see where his teammates scored.
“At the end of games you have to know where some guys like the ball, which side, right side, left side,” Maxey said. “(He looked) which direction guys want to go, which direction guys are better at.”
I know it’s just the preseason. But we have a hint that Drummond will be a better backup center for the Sixers than Dwight Howard was last season.
Drummond, who finished last season with the Lakers, signed with the Sixers for the veteran minimum of $ 2.4 million after failing to secure a lucrative free agent contract. Rivers told the 6-foot-10, 300-pound player during free play that he would take him back to where he gets a lucrative deal.