After the injury, Ben Simmons suffered on Wednesday against the Wizards (subluxation of the left knee cap) left the Sixers facing the potential of finishing the season without him, they will have to count on starting point guard Shake Milton to replace his offensive presence.

The 23-year-old started the NBA Resumption as the Sixers starting point guard after Simmons was moved from Point Guard to Power Forward, moving Free-Agent disappointment Al Horford to the bench. But with Simmons out indefinitely, Shake will have a larger load to carry for the 2020 Sixers.

Simmons excelled as the Sixers offensive distributor and maintained this success even after he was moved to the starting Power Forward spot, now the Sixers will likely look to Shake Milton to bring the ball up much more and act as one of the Sixers primary distributors.

Though Josh Richardson has had experience at Point Guard for the Sixers and Harris can bring the ball up when needed, Milton will have to prove to the team that he can effectively run the Sixers offense at a much higher dose and also make up for the loss of Simmon’s elite vision.

Not only did Ben Simmons run the offense, but also formed perhaps the most intimidating pick and roll duo in the NBA alongside Joel Embiid. Now, Shake Milton will have to take on the role of ball handler and passer in that situation. Previously, Embiid would often have to fade back to the three-point line after screening due to Simmons’ reluctance to shoot.

Now without Simmons, Milton’s ability to shoot from the perimeter will allow Embiid to attack the inside where he can use his size and strength to dominate, especially in a league that small-ball is becoming more and more common. 

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This is an important opportunity for Milton to prove that he has what it takes to run a starting offense after what has been a very up-and-down few games after the NBA resumption.

After failing to score a single bucket in the first game of the season restart, Milton bounced back by scoring the game-winning three-pointer in the game following. After an average game against the Wizards, putting up 14 points after 4-7 from the field with 3 three-pointers, Milton only scored only 6 points against the Magic (0-3 on three-point shots) in the Sixers most recent game and the first since Ben Simmons’ injury. 

If the Sixers want to attempt to make a run at the East crown, Milton will not only have to be much more consistent but also must be ready to replace many duties that Ben Simmons was responsible for.
See who the public betting on now that Simmons is done and Milton is here to take the reigns.

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