Blue Coat Player Profile: Marial Shayok

The Philadelphia 76ers drafted Marial Shayok last June. Who is Marial Shayok? Here is everything you need to know about the rookie guard from Iowa State University.

NCAA Recap

In his one year at Iowa State, Marial was named 1st Team 2018-19 All-Big 12 and shined on the biggest stage. He was named 1st Team All-Big 12 Tournament and Big-12 Tournament MVP after averaging 18 points per game and knocking off Kansas in the Conference Final. Despite his 23 points and 3 steals, Iowa State lost to Ohio State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

He finished second in the Big-12 in points per game (18.7) and 4th in true shooting percentage (61.2%). He had the 3rd highest usage rate in the Big-12 (28.2%) but was still known as a very efficient offensive player. Marial showed tremendous progress offensively with the Cyclones, especially at creating off the dribble and scoring in iso situations. Shayok showed everyone in college that he can be an offensive weapon, as he finished with the 3rd most points in the Big-12 (637).

This is what I wrote on Marial Shayok’s strengths prior to Summer League

Shooting: The majority of Shayok’s offense came from iso-derived drives and pull-up jump shots. Marial shot nearly 39 percent from three on 5.4 attempts per game with the Cyclones last season. Overall, Shayok has made 126 of 331 three point shots during his college career (38.1%). Shayok was also lights out from the free throw line. He made 87.8% of his free throws on 3.6 free throw attempts per game. Marial’s confidence with his shot allows him to be a threat in iso scoring situations.

Defense and Physical Profile: As you can see in our Marial Shayok Ultimate Highlight Reel below, Shayok’s length and great basketball IQ allow him to generate steals and anticipate passes in the passing lanes. He’s got a high motor and quick feet. Shayok’s shuttle run (3.04 seconds) ranked in the top 5 among small forwards at the 2019 NBA Draft Combine. He’s got a 38” vertical, a 7’ wingspan, and had the 13th fastest lane agility time at the Combine. These measurements should allow Marial Shayok to develop into a solid 3&D guard/wing for the Sixers.

Here is a highlight reel I made of Marial Shayok consisting of his best plays at Iowa State last season.

2019 Summer League Recap

In four games, Marial Shayok averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 boards in 22 minutes per game. Similar to Zhaire’s handle, Shayok’s ability to put it on the floor and create space was a pleasant surprise last summer and one of the top bright spots for the Summer Sixers.

Entering Summer League, Marial Shayok was not a guy I watched extensively at Virginia Tech or Iowa State. I didn’t expect much mainly due to his lack of athleticism and inability to defend at an NBA level. Now the defense is still suspect, but boy was I wrong. Shayok’s jump shot looked incredibly smooth off the bounce.

Here is a highlight reel I made of Marial Shayok featuring his best highlights from Summer League.

Sixers Training Camp & Preseason

Jason Blevins was in Camden for Sixers Media Day. Here is Marial Shayok meeting with the media that day.

Marial Shayok played in five preseason games with the Philadelphia 76ers. He averaged 4.2 points in 7 minutes per game. He shot 3/9 from 3 (33%) and 7/11 within the arc (64%). Marial didn’t facilitate the offense much for the Sixers this preseason, finishing with an assist percentage of 17.3%. However, when he did play, he thrived. Shayok had the 6th highest +/- on the court when on the court this preseason (+36).

Here is a highlight reel I made of Marial Shayok’s best plays during the first game of preseason.

2019-20 Season Outlook

I expect Marial Shayok and Norvel Pelle to quickly become one of the deadliest duos in the entire G League this season. Sixers fans will quickly see Shayok’s excellent ability to utilize his handle to create his own shot with the Blue Coats throughout the year. Shayok excels at coming off screens, and he should be able to create separation off the dribble. For these reasons, I expect Marial Shayok to be one of the most efficient scorers in the G League this year.

I predict that Marial will average 20+ points per game with a high usage percentage, as well as high number of attempts from three per game. He’s not a facilitator, so expect Marial to be utilized similar to how head coach Connor Johnson used Jared Brownridge: running off screens, catch-and-shoot, and floor spacing. Marial Shayok is going to thrive within the pace-and-space offense of the Delaware Blue Coats.

Barring injury, I could also see Marial Shayok get a few call-ups with the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Shayok’s intelligence on the court and ability to score should make him one of the top young guards in the G League this season. If all goes well, which I believe it will, there is real potential that we may see Marial Shayok in a Sixers uniform consistently in February and March 2020.

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