Joel Embiid's High Praise for Tyrese Maxey After Sixers' Playoff Exit

76ers star Joel Embiid praised Tyrese Maxey after Game 6 against the Knicks.
Apr 12, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and guard
Apr 12, 2024; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and guard / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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After what many considered to be one of the best first-round matchups in some time, the Philadelphia 76ers saw their season come to an end Thursday night. Game 6 went down to the wire, with the New York Knicks escaping with a three-point victory to advance to round two.

Joel Embiid faced an array of questions during his postgame media availability, but took the time to shine a light on one of his teammates. He had nothing but praise for Tyrese Maxey following what was a breakout season for the young guard. Embiid called him the face of the franchise and feels Maxey has the chance to be a special player in the league.

“You’ve got a young superstar coming in. Face of the franchise for his whole career really in Philly,” Embiid said in reference to Maxey. “He has a chance to do something special next year again. I hope he becomes All-NBA this year. I think he can be in stuff like MVP conversations. I think he can take that next step.”

The James Harden trade opened the door for Maxey to have a much larger role within the Sixers this season. He took full advantage of this opportunity, averaging 25.9 PPG and 6.2 APG in the regular season. This increase in production led to Maxey landing an All-Star nomination and winning the Most Improved Player award.

In this series with the Knicks, Maxey proved that he is capable of being Embiid’s running mate moving forward. He had multiple impressive outings, including his heroic efforts at the end of Game 5.

Landing All-NBA is going to be tough for Maxey, but Embiid is right to be high on him. The two showed this year they can play like one of the top duos in the NBA. With their centerpieces intact, the Sixers’ mission now is to put a complementary supporting cast around them.

Justin Grasso


Title: Credentialed writer/reporter covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Email: Location: Philadelphia, PA Expertise: Reporting, insight, and analysis on the Sixers and the NBA  Justin Grasso is a credentialed writer and publisher covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation.  Grasso got his start in sports media in 2016 with FantasyPros, working the news desk, providing game-by-game player analysis and updates on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors. By 2017, he joined FanSided’s Philadelphia Eagles site as a staff writer. After spending one season covering the Eagles as a staff writer, Grasso was promoted to become the site’s Co-Editor. For the next two NFL seasons, he covered the Eagles closely before broadening his NFL coverage. For a brief stint, Grasso covered the NFL on a national basis after joining as an NFL news desk writer. In 2019, Grasso joined the 76ers' beat on a part-time basis, stepping into a role with South Jersey’s 97.3 ESPN. Ahead of the 2019-2020 NBA season, he concluded a three-year stint covering the Eagles and joined the Sixers beat full-time. Grasso has covered the 76ers exclusively since then for Sports Illustrated. He is a member of the Pro Basketball Writer’s Association.  Twitter: @JGrasso_ Instagram: @JGrassoNBA