Shake Milton

Shake Milton

25-Year-Old GuardG
Philadelphia 76ers
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/20/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Milton again played a light sixth-man role for the 76ers last year, though his workload fluctuated significantly throughout the season. The reserve guard appeared in 64 games and averaged 13.0 points, 3.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 23.2 minutes, though both his field-goal percentage (45.0) and three-point percentage (35.0) took dips compared to 2019-20. Ultimately, he ranked 212th in per-game fantasy value. As the team stands heading into training camp, Milton appears to be in line for the same role. However, with the continuous rumors of Ben Simmons and the Sixers hoping to part ways, there's always a chance for Milton to receive increased minutes. At the same time, the Sixers would likely be trading for another point guard, so Milton's chances of starting are probably slim. Aggressive fantasy managers in deep formats can take a chance on the 25-year-old with a final pick, but the payoff will heavily depend on how the Simmons situation gets resolved. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $4.99 million contract with the 76ers in July of 2019. Contract includes $2 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Malik Benjamin "Shake" Milton was born in Savannah, Georgia. He attended Owasso High School in Owasso, Oklahoma. Milton earned Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the state of Oklahoma as a junior in 2014. He won the award again as a senior, averaging 29.7 points and 4.4 assists. Milton was also named Tulsa World Player of the Year, Oklahoma Super 5 Player of the Year and Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. After three years at Southern Methodist University, he reached the NBA in 2018. In April of 2020, he donated 500 meals to Philadelphia-area healthcare workers helping to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more about Milton by following him on Twitter (@SniperShake) and on Instagram (@snipershake).

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Milton was brought to SMU by coach Larry Brown for the 2015-16 season. The freshman guard lasted longer than his coach, who left 21 games into the season. The 6-foot-5 guard started 23 games and provided 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Mustangs. He was a starter as a sophomore next to Sterling Brown and put up 13.0 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds for coach Tim Jankovich. The team only lost twice after Dec. 2 and swept through the American Athletic Tournament as Milton averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 assists. The guard had 11 points, five rebounds and five assists in the first-round loss to USC in the NCAA Tournament. A broken hand limited Milton to 22 games in his junior season, but he averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists and was named to the All-AAC Second Team for the second straight season. He scored a career-high 33 points in a win over Wichita State. Milton declared for the 2017 NBA Draft with one season of eligibility remaining and was chosen by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (54th overall pick).

Won't play Friday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
October 14, 2021
Milton (ankle) won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Pistons, Ky Carlin of USA Today reports.
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Milton will miss a second straight game due to a right ankle sprain, while Tyrese Maxey (hip) will return and should see plenty of action at point guard. Milton and Maxey were competing to serve as the starting point guard to begin the regular season, but both players could come off the bench if Ben Simmons (not injury related) plays for Philadelphia.
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2020

Milton's third season with the 76ers was his best yet as he set a few career-highs while playing a more important role in his team's rotation. The former SMU guard notched career-best season averages of 13.0 points, 3.1 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 steals. Milton posted an average of 23.2 minutes of action while playing in 63 games and starting in four. The guard hit 45.0 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line. One of Milton's best games of the season came against the Magic on May 16, where Milton dropped a career-best nine assists to go along with 15 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal. Milton became a consistent scoring threat in his third year as he recorded 45 double-digit scoring performances on the year after only recording 21 in the 2019-20 season. One of his best scoring performances on the year came against the Heat on Jan. 14, where the guard dropped a season-high 31 points, to go with seven assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Defensively, Milton established himself as a solid defender who recorded 33 games with at least one steal and 15 games with at least one block. His best defensive performance came on Dec. 23 against the Wizards, as Milton snagged three steals in 30 minutes. In the playoffs, Milton recorded an average of 4.3 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 10.0 minutes.

2019

In his second NBA season, Milton appeared in 40 games for the 76ers, making 24 starts and averaging 20.1 minutes per game. The 2018 second-round pick posted career-highs in points (9.4 PPG), rebounds (2.2 RPG) and assists (2.6 APG) per game, while also notching career-bests in field goal (48.4%), three-point (43.0%) and free throw (78.5%) percentage. Milton became a regular in the rotation in January and made his first start of the season on Jan. 25 against the Lakers. In that game, Milton finished with seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists. In a Jan. 30 matchup against Atlanta, Milton posted 27 points, including five three-pointers, to go with five rebounds and six assists. He went for a career-high 39 points against the Clippers on Mar. 1, going 7-of-9 from beyond the arc. Over his final seven games before the suspension of the season, Milton averaged 19.4 points, 4.1 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks, while shooting 60.5 percent from three. Milton started all four of the Sixers' postseason games in Round 1 against Boston. He made his playoff debut in Game 1 of the series, going for 13 points and three assists. Milton established a playoff-career-best with 17 points in Game 3.

2018

Milton came off the bench to play 20 games with the 76ers during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per contest in limited playing time. Milton came off the bench to make his season debut against the Washington Wizards on Nov. 30. In that game, he scored five points and contributed a pair of assists. Milton scored a career-high 13 points against the Orlando Magic on Mar. 25. His career high in rebounds came Apr. 9 against the Miami Heat when he pulled down eight boards. As a two-way player, Milton also competed regularly for the Delaware Blue Coats of the G League. For the Blue Coats, he started 27 games, averaging 24.9 points and 5.3 assists. That scoring rate was good for fourth in the league.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The fact that Milton, the 54th pick in the 2018 draft, emerged as a starter for the Sixers down the stretch after spending the early part of the season out of the rotation entirely or even in the G League says something about the team's overall struggles, though it also says plenty about Milton's development. His primary contribution came as the team's best three-point shooter, as he led the Sixers in three-point percentage with a 43.0 percent mark. That's well above his 31.8 percent mark as a rookie, though that came in a small sample of just 268 minutes and was out of line with his college numbers, as he shot 42.3 percent or better from downtown in each of his three seasons at SMU. He also shot an impressive 53.5 percent from inside the arc last season, second only to Ben Simmons among the team's regular rotation players. Milton's 2.6 assists per game (in 20.1 minutes) is a fairly low total for a nominal point guard, though anyone who fills that role while Simmons is on the court will likely see their ball-handling duties reduced. Milton's likely role this season is as a useful third guard who can handle the ball a bit and knock down open shots, though there's, in theory, more upside here if he takes another step forward in his role or development.
Milton logged 20 games as a rookie second-round pick last season, averaging 4.4 points (on 39.1 percent shooting) and 1.8 rebounds across 13.4 minutes. The SMU product was a lights-out three-point shooter in college, shooting over 40.0 percent from three-point range in each of his seasons with the Mustangs. Given his limited playing time in his first pro campaign, Milton didn't have much of a chance to develop his marksmanship at the pro level, draining 31.8 percent of his 2.2 three-point attempts per game. Milton did show plenty of promise while suiting up for 27 games as a member of the G League's Delaware Blue Coats, averaging 24.9 points (on 48.4 percent shooting, including 36.7 percent from three-point range), 5.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals across 34.7 minutes. The 22-year-old didn't manage a successful encore in Las Vegas Summer League play, however, shooting an abysmal 17.0 percent across 22.0 minutes over three games before suffering an ankle sprain. Looking ahead to the 2019-20 campaign, Milton could be in line for a nice bump in opportunity in the wake of T.J. McConnell's offseason departure, which opens up a prominent spot in the backcourt rotation. The second-year pro will have plenty of competition for minutes at point guard behind Ben Simmons from young veterans Trey Burke and Raul Neto, with the depth chart -- and by extension, Milton's role and destination to open the season -- likely to become increasingly clear over the course of training camp and preseason.
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Doesn't practice Wednesday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
October 13, 2021
Milton (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Justin Grasso of SI.com reports.
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Works with starters in practice
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
October 11, 2021
Milton (ankle) worked with the starters during a scrimmage over the weekend, USA Today reports.
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Ruled out Monday
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
October 10, 2021
Milton (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's preseason game against the Nets.
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Injures ankle
GPhiladelphia 76ers
Ankle
October 10, 2021
Milton suffered an ankle injury Sunday, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Starting Thursday's preseason game
GPhiladelphia 76ers
October 7, 2021
Milton will start at point guard for Thursday's preseason matchup against the Raptors.
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