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Re: Welcome Shake Milton 

Post#201 » by freshie2 » Fri May 29, 2020 1:21 am

Not sure how McKie gets into the discussion...completely different players. Willie Burton keeps coming to mind when trying to find a prior comp. Shake can definitely beat the comp, but that is who I see the most similarities.
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Re: Welcome Shake Milton 

Post#202 » by 76ciology » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:22 pm

Milton mania
For his career, Shaquille O'Neal shot 58.3 percent on 2-point attempts. That's an impressive number. It just happens to look a bit small compared to this one: over his past nine games, Philadelphia 76ers guard Shake Milton is shooting 60.4 percent... on 3-pointers. That's right, when the NBA shut down, Shake Milton was a safer bet from behind the arc than Shaq was within it.

Now, was that sustainable? Absolutely not. But it's not like Milton was a one-trick pony. Across that nine-game stretch, he averaged 17.8 points per game on 57.4 percent from the field as Philadelphia's starting point guard. Not many specialists can do this:

The elephant in the room here is that other 76ers point guard. Ben Simmons played a grand total of four minutes and 44 seconds during Milton mania. Had the season continued unabated, we would have gotten a far greater sample of Milton on his own, but when the season picks up at Disney, Simmons is going to be healthy enough to play.

That poses a problem, because, in the admittedly limited 476-possession sample available, the 76ers were terrible offensively with Simmons and Milton on the floor together. They scored a paltry 104.2 points per 100 possessions, per Cleaning the Glass, and the most used five-man lineup that the two of them shared was limited to only 86.8. Again, we're dealing with very little data here, and if Milton can shoot anywhere near as well with Simmons as he did without him, the two are going to fit together beautifully.

But Simmons' absence created a star. Philadelphia's offense functioned far more cleanly with that star than it ever did with Simmons, as the 76ers scored an absolutely staggering 121.9 points per 100 possessions when Milton played without his more famous teammate. Simmons' playoff issues are well-known. The 76ers are not going to win a championship with him planted in the dunker's spot. How long a leash will Brett Brown give Simmons before turning the offense back over to Milton? Can the two find any sort of chemistry together? The Milton-Simmons debate that didn't exist until nine games ago is going to define Philly's postseason, and if Milton plays well enough, potentially its entire future.
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Re: Welcome Shake Milton 

Post#203 » by Negrodamus » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:28 pm

It's almost like the unsustainable 3 point shooting from Shake and the team playing better than they do with Simmons have some kind of connection... nah.
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Re: Welcome Shake Milton 

Post#204 » by 76thBearCub » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:10 pm


John Salmons is a name I haven't heard of or thought of in quite a few years. And happens to be the only NBA player I have an autograph from. On a yellow scratch pad. It's around here somewhere I just know it.

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Re: Welcome Shake Milton 

Post#205 » by Sixerscan » Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:42 am

Re that clip, the last 9 games were wild. #2 offense and #28 defense over that stretch. Just a completely different team than the rest of the year.

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