Needless to say, after watching Milton turn in an underwhelming performance against the Cavs in the Sixers’ first game without Tobias Harris, he’d surely need to turn things around as the team traveled further West to the land of the NFL Combine and St. Elmo Steak House, Indianapolis.
Facing off against a Pacers squad without Jeremy Lamb and Carvis LeVert, Milton logged a team-high 30 minutes for the Sixers and finished out the game as the top man on either team – scoring a season-high 26 points on 14 shots while draining 3-5 shots from beyond the arc.
Is Shake Milton the Sixers’ most important player? No, that would be Joel Embiid, followed by Ben Simmons, and then Tobias Harris, but the Milkman’s son very well may be the team’s fourth most important player, as his 13.4 bench points per game just aren’t manufacturable from any of the team’s other options. Assuming Milton can recapture his early-season form and once again give the Sixers some much-needed bench output, the Sixers could be in very good fortune heading into the second half of the 2020-21 NBA season.