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Philadelphia 76ers: Where does Shake Milton fit in 2021-22?



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But, heading into his fourth professional season and the penultimate year of his rookie-scale contract, where does Milton fit in 2021-22? Is he going to be pushing Tyrese Maxey for playing time behind Ben Simmons – or whomever – at the one, or is there a more creative way to deploy the pride of SMU?

Shake Milton could be a unique off-ball weapon for the Philadelphia 76ers. For a head coach like Tim Jankovich, who was replacing all-timer Larry Brown midway through Milton’s freshman season, the choice to put the ball in Milton’s hands as often as possible surely made sense and led to a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament; the team’s first appearances in March Madness since all the way back in 1993.

With that being said, Milton was never going to be an NBA point guard, as he’s just not a good enough facilitator or ball-handler to play the position at the game’s highest level.

Sidebar: Have you ever seen a high school basketball team where they play a 6-foot-4 guy with legit college talent at center because they don’t have another dude taller than 6-foot-2? That’s sort of how Milton looked at SMU.

On paper, Milton and Curry have a lot in common. While a team could conceivably demand back Milton in a massive trade for an established superstar, that would be the only reason I think Doc Rivers should keep Milton off the court for the Philadelphia 76ers this fall, as he’s just too good offensively when all of the pistons are firing to waste away on the bench.

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