8. Tyrese Maxey
Speaking of first-time All-Star hopefuls, Tyrese Maxey has provided everything the Philadelphia 76ers have needed from him this season. Initially, the aftermath of James Harden's trade demand was expected to rock the Sixers to their core. While Maxey is not the facilitator that Harden was or is, he's made tremendous strides in his first season running the offense for the Sixers.
Nearly doubling his assists average from last season, from 3.5 to 6.7 per game, Maxey has looked far more comfortable with the ball in his hands this season. One of the keys to cultivating this success is the two-man game the Sixers run between Maxey and reigning MVP Joel Embiid. Maxey has assisted Joel Embiid 47 times so far this season, which is the second most among assist combos behind only Fred VanVleet and Alperen Sengun (55).
It's not just as a facilitator that Maxey has grown, either. He's quietly become one of the top-scoring guards in the NBA, averaging 27.0 points per game on the ninth most difficult shot diet in the league while averaging a solid 46.4 percent from the floor and 39.6 percent from deep on an impressive 8.3 shots per game from three.
Coming into the league with many questions surrounding his shooting ability, Tyrese Maxey has quieted those doubters and may be on his way to his first All-Star appearance in large part due to his shooting ability. At just 23 years of age, the sky appears to be the limit for this young guard.