Sixers: How long will Shake Milton remain a starter?

Shake Milton, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Shake Milton, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The city of Philadelphia has grown accustomed to seeing new faces. The Sixers organization has experienced the same. After years of swapping draft picks and trading assets, the 76ers have settled on their 2021 roster.

This was more rigorous than years prior. Ben Simmons’ holdout has forced the Sixers to look ahead. Doc Rivers and the Sixers coaching staff have been challenged to find a suitable replacement. As the Sixers shuffle the deck, players like Shake Milton continue to show that they are ready to embrace a bigger role.

Fans who follow the team’s Twitter account received new information Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia’s official account released the current starting lineups. The team used a white circle emoji to indicate that the player was a starter. Blue emoji were used to represent the second team. The first name listed on the list of starters was Shake Milton.


Will the Sixers stick with Shake Milton as their starting point guard?

Southern Methodist University played a significant role in Milton’s NBA journey. His college career afforded Shake enough of a stage to get discovered. Shake’s three-year career with the SMU Mustangs helped him develop as a skilled guard. At the end of his career, Milton had recorded 1166 points with 337 assists. His collegiate performance opened doors of opportunity for Milton. In 2018 he was granted the dream of being drafted to the 76ers.

Shake has developed well since joining the team. Each year, Milton proves that he can be an asset on the offensive side of the floor. His points per game average increased by six points since the 2018-19 season. The Sixers have rewarded Milton with more playing time. Last season, Milton played an average of 23.2 minutes a game. His scoring and playmaking abilities have helped him see a consistent amount of playing time.

The Philadelphia 76ers will be making minor adjustments to their roster until the beginning of the NBA regular season. The absence of Ben Simmons has forced each member of the organization to act with intent. The 76ers finished the 2020-21 NBA season as the first seed in the Eastern Conference. If the team wants to have similar results this year, Shake Milton and others have to be prepared to give each game their all.

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