Don’t Be Fooled by Tyrese Maxey’s Smile. The Sixers Guard Can Ball.

Maxey, the second-year Philadelphia 76ers guard, is showing a maturity beyond his 21 years during the playoffs. And the Sixers need him.

Many of the key members of the Philadelphia 76ers have become jaded by the realities of life in the N.B.A.

Their mettle has been questioned at times, even though they have collectively played professional basketball for decades. Sometimes their ability and their durability have been questioned, too. They approach the season with a guarded demeanor that offers little hint of the joy they might find in the game they play for a living.

Then there’s Tyrese Maxey.

He laughs. He giggles. His most common facial expression is a smile. He teases

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