Shake Milton should be in the starting lineup for the Sixers
Over the past season, Shake Milton became a bright spot in what turned out to be a disappointing year (so far) for the 76ers. Now that the season is set to resume with 8 games before the playoffs, Brett Brown has an easy move to make on his roster by giving Shake Milton a spot in the starting five.
If you look at season numbers, Shake might not stand out as someone who should be starting. He averaging 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, while converting 45.3 percent of his 3-pointers.
However, post All-Star break, Shake Milton started to make a name for himself. Given the injuries to the Sixers starting lineup, Milton was able to come alive. Milton averaged 16.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, while shooting 59.2 percent from downtown. During that stretch, he recorded a 39-point game and tied the NBA’s record for 13-consecutive made 3-pointers over the stretch of three games.
Shake Milton’s CAREER-HIGH 39@SniperShake erupts for 39 PTS, 7 3PM for the @sixers in LA. pic.twitter.com/J0EzZ0uSGi
— NBA (@NBA) March 2, 2020
For a brief moment before the NBA season was cancelled, it looked like Shake Milton was becoming the 3rd star for the 76ers. We haven’t even been able to scratch the surface of having him and Josh Richardson in the backcourt, with Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid upfront.
Having Shake work in the pick & roll and his ability to shoot such a high percentage from beyond the arch is crucial for a Sixers team that has missed that type of player since JJ Reddick left town before the start of last season.
I’m over the Al Horford experiment. It simply has not worked like the Sixers had hoped. I much rather see Horford come off the bench. It’s time for Brett Brown to insert Shake Milton into the starting lineup.
Sixers are hot after the 1st Q:
– Tobias Harris: 13 points, 5/8 FG
– Shake Milton: 11 points, 5/5 FG
– Josh Richardson: 9 points, 4/5 FG
Sixers are 7/11 from deep. #PhilaUnite pic.twitter.com/VvIUB9Zynp
— The Liberty Line (@LibertyLinePHL) March 1, 2020
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