NBA Draft 2020: Kentucky star Tyrese Maxey chosen with No. 21 overall pick
The Kentucky Wildcats are no strangers to having players taken in Round 1 of the NBA Draft. This year, though, they had to wait a little longer than usual to have their first player come off the board.
That player was guard Tyrese Maxey, who was a big-time scorer and ball-handler for the Wildcats last season.
Now, he goes to a team that is going through a bit of a transition period, as the Philadelphia 76ers drafted him with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Much like at Kentucky, Maxey won’t get to showcase his true point guard skills in Philly very often, as the Sixers have Ben Simmons running the point, but he will have plenty of shooting opportunities.
Maxey joins a team with a new coach in Doc Rivers, and a pair of stars in Simmons and big man Joel Embiid. What role he carves out for himself in his rookie season remains to be seen.
During his 1 year at Kentucky, Maxey appeard in 31 games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest. Now, he’ll just need to work on improving his 3-point shooting, as he only made 29.2% of his long-range opportunities under coach John Calipari at Kentucky last season.