Shake Milton, the Sixers’ Mr. Consistency?

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November 18, 2022, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA: NBA – Sixers v Bucks Shake Milton (18 Sixers) and Grayson Allen (12 Bucks) in action during the National Basketball Association game between Philadelphia Sixers and Milwaukee Bucks at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Sport Press Photo/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire) ****NO AGENTS—NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA SALES ONLY****

Shake Milton has surprisingly become one of the most consistent players for the Philadelphia 76ers. The one-time Sixth Man of the Year candidate had the Sixers’ fan base buzzing for his potential after the young guard’s 2020-2021 breakout season.

Since then, he has been an up-and-down contributor. However, after fully recovering from several nagging injuries, it appears Milton has finally found his groove once again. He is currently averaging 9.2 points per game, 3.0 assists per game (which is the second highest of his career), and 2.7 rebounds per game (which is a career-high).

Milton is having an incredibly underrated season this year. The Sixers’ combo guard is shooting the ball at an extremely high percentage. His field goal percentage of 49.6% is actually a career-high. Of players who have played at least 500 minutes, this puts him at 4th on the team in terms of field goal percentage. When the minutes are increased to a minimum of 1000, he is third.

From three-point range, his current mark of 38.7% is the second highest of his career and is much improved from the 32.3% mark set last year. Milton is also setting a career-high on the free throw percentage with a mark of 85.4%.

Beyond just his simple statistics, his true shooting percentage (TS%) of 59.0% places him fifth on the Sixers for TS% who have played greater than 500 minutes. He is fourth in TS% for players who have played at least 1000 minutes.

His abilities have been on full display this year for the Sixers. He has been given almost identical minutes this year compared to last, yet what he has been able to do with them has been completely different. His consistency is something that cannot be highlighted enough. With a team that seems to always be looking for more contributors, Shake Milton has proven himself this season once again.