Shake Milton looks to improve and increase his role on the 76ers this season. Photo by Wayne Terry, TPL.

Name of Player: Malik “Shake” Milton
Position: PG/SG
Level: Reserve

Objectives

Shake Milton has the length of an ideal wing in today’s NBA. At 6’6″ with a 6’11” wingspan, he can use his reach to disrupt passing lanes and is able to get his shots off over smaller guards. He should add probably 10 lbs of muscle to his lean frame (205 lbs) if he wants to play an entire NBA season and postseason. He was limited this past summer league (2019) due to an injury (ankle) and an increased focus on creating offense for his teammates. This led to his scoring average dipping below 10 (9.8 pp), but it allowed him to lead the team in assists (4.8).

The Reality of the Situation

The recent additions of veteran point guards Trey Burke and Raul Neto may drastically diminish Milton’s role as one of the core backup guards this season. His primary goal this season is get some solid consistent minutes on the floor. The Sixers have signed Milton to a team-friendly 4-year contract (total value less than $7MM), so the team may be content to allow him to develop into a solid role player that pays dividends next year and beyond.

Shake’s Nickname

Shake is one of the best nicknames in the NBA. The story behind it is even better. Milton’s father, Myrion, who played college basketball at Texas A&M, was called the “Milkman” because he always delivered. Before Malik was born, he was dubbed “lil’ Milkshake,” which was then shortened to “Shake.” When retelling the story, Milton said, “It just stuck. I’ve been called that my whole life.”

Meets Expectations

  • Mid-season goal: Getting consistent minutes (at least 10 min per game) as either backup PG or SG
  • 17-20 minutes per game, 8+ ppg, 4+ apg

Exceeds Expectations

  • Consistently shows the dominant scoring ability he exhibited with the G-League in 2018 (12+ ppg)
  • Beats out Trey Burke and/or Zhaire Smith as the primary backup combo guard
  • Averages 20+ minutes while shooting 50% FG, 40% 3P, 80% FT
  • Shake hive rivals the Mike Scott hive
  • More than 10 children are named “Shake” in Philadelphia by June 2020

Fails to Meet Expectations

  • Unable to fill a solid reserve role for either guard position (less than 10 minutes a game)
  • Plays fewer minutes than Raul Neto