2018 NBA Draft Profile: Shake Milton
Shake Milton is a versatile, unselfish guard with great size for a primary ball handler and an interesting combination of jump shooting and passing ability. A consensus top-100 prospect in the high school class of 2015, Milton had a productive freshman year at SMU, but showed marked improvement in each of his college seasons. He averaged 18 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game as a junior for Tim Jankovich’s Mustangs, but missed much of the second half of the season after breaking a bone in his right hand. Earned All-AAC Second Team honors despite his extended absence.
- Measured 6’5.5 in shoes with a 7’0.75 wingspan and 207-pound frame at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. Has great size for a wing, let alone a primary ball handler, and nice strength. Has nice lateral quickness, but is not an overwhelmingly explosive athlete.
- Played a significant role for SMU as the team’s primary ball handler and leading scorer. Did quite a bit of his scoring off the ball after giving it up in the half court. Provides a lot of value as a floor spacer. Can also make some opportunistic plays taking what defenders give him off the dribble. Makes the simple play as a passer, but also shows creativity in spots feeding the roll man out of ball screen actions.
- Does his best work offensively as a catch and shoot threat. 33% of his possessions were Spot Ups which he converted for a terrific 1.339 points per Spot Up possession [98th percentile]. Got another 10% of his possessions on Off Screens. Speeds up his release in spots leading to some occasionally mixed results, but has proven himself to be a terrific set shooter making 42% of his shots from beyond the arc steadily over his three collegiate seasons. Does not get much elevation on his release, but consistency has not been a question.
- Plays at a steady, methodical pace with the ball in his hands. Got 25% of his possessions from Picks & Rolls and Isolations making his best contributions making plays for others out of both. Was almost twice as likely to make a play for someone else than use a possession himself in ball screen actions last season. Passed the ball very efficiently in the two-man game. Steady style and size allow him to read the play and take what defenses give him. 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in the half court is solid. Scored 0.708 points per Pick & Roll possession [98th percentile]. Lacks a degree of burst to create high percentage shots around the rim consistently, but plays an opportunistic style for the most part allowing him to score floaters and finishing opportunities at a nice rate despite playing mostly below the rim. Uses his strength well to get to spots.
- Plays at his own pace. Ability to space the floor, make reads, and move the ball gives him some role player potential.
- Ranked 1st in the AAC in Spot Up scoring (7.4 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the AAC in points created by passes out of the Pick & Roll (5.6 ppg)
- Ranked 5th in the AAC in Off Screen scoring (1.2 ppg)
- Has good feet and the length to hold his own guarding the perimeter, but could stand to be more physical. Not particularly aggressive on the ball. Contests perimeter shots effectively and allowed just 0.806 points per Spot Up possession [76th percentile] as his size is bothersome to opposing shooters. Capable rebounder for a guard. Has nice potential as a team defender if he can play with a bit more toughness.