15 reasons to watch the Kentucky basketball players in the NBA Playoffs

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Tyrese Maxey is the Kentucky player to watch in Nets vs. 76ers

Only one former Kentucky basketball player will grace the floor in the Brooklyn Nets vs. Philadelphia 76ers series. Tyrese Maxey may be the most important key if Philadelphia wants to win a championship this year.

Now in his third year in the NBA, Maxey has gone from a promising rookie to quite literally the second or third option on any given night with James Harden. If you want to be technical, Harden averaged 0.7 more points per game during the regular season.

Maxey’s offensive game is the biggest thing to watch in this entire series. When he’s on, he’s as tough as any player in the NBA to stop. But he has been known to have some head-scratching games. Despite averaging over 20 points per game, Maxey failed to reach the 10-point mark in seven games this season. He also topped 30 points seven different times, posting 44 in a win over Toronto.

Playoff Maxey might also be something to note. In a dozen playoff games last year, Maxey was a shining star, averaging 20.8 points per game, 3 more than his regular season average.

Should Maxey once again become a playoff monster, it could help the 76ers reach their full potential, which most people would argue is winning the NBA Championship. Kentucky fans should have a fun time watching Maxey throughout this series.

Philadelphia and Brooklyn start things off on Saturday:

  • Game 1: Nets at 76ers, Apr. 15, 1 p.m. on ESPN
  • Game 2: Nets at 76ers, Apr. 17, 7:30 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 3: 76ers at Nets, Apr. 20, 7:30 p.m. on TNT\
  • Game 4: 76ers at Nets, Apr. 22, 1 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 5: Nets at 76ers, Apr. 24, TBD
  • Game 6: 76ers at Nets, Apr. 27, TBD
  • Game 7: Nets at 76ers, Apr. 29, TBD