In Tuesday’s preseason win over the Boston Celtics, Milton hopped off the bench and poured in 19 points. “He’s able to take over and get buckets, get everybody in line, and the experience he’s had been in the bubble and then starting later in the season, he’s been great. He just keeps getting better and better which is great for us.”
For Rivers, this is a good start. “We need him to be Shake every night. I tell him, literally every day ‘Be Shake, be Shake’. Probably I’ve said that 15 times already. I thought tonight he did that. He’s very comfortable and controlled, he didn’t force a lot of shots. It was fantastic.”
There has been a history of great sixth men on Rivers-coached teams, such as Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams at the end of the day, Milton wants one thing: to win basketball games. “Whether that be me coming off the bench or me starting, it doesn’t really matter. I just like to play a part in winning. Coming off the bench definitely has its perks. Obviously, everyone wants to start and stuff like that, but coming off the bench can definitely be a good thing.”
For the moment, he has found a role of coming off the bench, and if he can fill that role to the best of his ability, it will be a big difference for a Sixers team in need of somebody to come off the bench and contribute.