Sixers’ Tyrese Maxey named to 2023-24 NBA All-Star team

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) drives to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

The 2023-24 NBA season has been one full of ups and downs for the Philadelphia 76ers. The highs have followed the impressive leaps forward both Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey have displayed, while the lows have come as a seemingly unending rash of injuries has undermined any potential success for the Sixers at every turn. As the city of Philadelphia braves through the recent news of Joel Embiid’s torn meniscus, there is now a much-need reason for celebration for Sixers fans.

That’s right; after speculation for the majority of this season amidst yet another stellar leap in production, Philadelphia’s young star Tyrese Maxey has officially been named an All-Star for the 2023-24 NBA season.

A stellar start for Tyrese Maxey

The former No. 21 overall pick is in the midst of his most impressive season yet, averaging 25.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game while turning the ball over just 1.6 times per game.

Philadelphia 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey (0) reacts past Sacramento Kings’ Sasha Vezenkov (7) after making a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Maxey is one of five guards in the NBA this season to average at least 25 points, six assists, and eight threes per game and is the only player in the NBA to average 25 points, six assists, and less than two turnovers per game.

Seeing sizable improvement in each and every season of his young career, it seemed it would only be a matter of time before he was named to an All-Star team despite the wealth of talent at the guard spot in the Eastern Conference.

With competition like Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell, Tyrese Haliburton, Trae Young, and Jalen Brunson in the East, to be named an All-Star, especially at the young age of 23, is quite an accomplishment.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) drives between Atlanta Hawks’ Bogdan Bogdanovic (13) and Trae Young (11) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Thursday night was certainly a night of mixed emotions for the Sixers and their fans, but the future remains bright in Philadelphia, in large part thanks to the continued growth of Tyrese Maxey.