Shake Milton has taken his game to the next level for the Philadelphia 76ers over the past month, showing us flashes of the player everyone was once so sure he could be. When Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey all went down with various injuries, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Sixers would severely struggle in the time without their star players. That notion has been challenged by none other than the Sixers’ former 58th overall draft pick himself, Shake Milton.
Milton had been slowly working himself back into the rotation after starting off this season injured. It wasn’t until November 18th that Milton actually received significant playing time. Shake Milton started a streak of playing over 30 minutes per game against the Milwaukee Bucks that night, helping lead the Sixers to a 110-102 win. His streak has continued even with Joel returning from injury.
Over his last 13 games, Shake Milton has played at an exceedingly high level. In those past 13 games, Milton has averaged 17.5 points, 5.2 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game while being incredibly efficient. During that stretch of time, he has a field goal percentage of 53.0 and a three-point percentage of 41.3. Beyond just putting up great numbers, Milton has also been one of the key leaders willing the Philadelphia 76ers to an 8-5 record
Shake Milton has been nothing short of a revelation this season compared to last, having flashed his ceiling as the 6th man he once seemed destined to be. While many were ready to move on from the 5th year guard after his fall from grace last year, Milton has once again established himself as one of the best backup flamethrowers in the entire league.