Shake's First Shot

by Brian Seltzer Reporter

About a minute and a half into Friday’s fourth quarter, and the Sixers in front by 25 points, Brett Brown felt it was time to do something he hadn’t done yet this year.

Bring Shake Milton into a game.

Upon checking into his first regular season contest, the SMU product wasted little time getting involved, hitting a 3-pointer on his first possession (and first touch). He ended the evening with five points and two assists.

“It felt good just to get out there, get a sweat, put in a bunch of work,” Milton said. “Just to get to where I am now, it’s motivating, and it’s going to keep me going.”

The 54th overall pick in this year’s draft, Milton, along with Demetrius Jackson, is one of the Sixers’ two two-way contract players.

He’s enjoyed an encouraging start with the Delaware Blue Coats, the organization’s NBA G League affiliate, averaging 20.7 points in six games.

Milton said playing in the G League made him feel prepared for Friday, his NBA debut.

“Philly has amazing fans,” he said. “As long as you’re out there playing hard, they’re going to support you 100 percent.”

A dynamic the 22-year old Milton can now say he experienced first-hand.


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