Everybody knows that if the Philadelphia 76ers want to take the step from good to great it will primarily revolve around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid playing up to their potential.

If Simmons and Embiid are going to play like they are capable of playing they will need weapons around them. We can debate that the responsibility to help the Sixer star duo falls on the Al Horford’s and the Tobias Harris’ who make the money, which it does.

I’m not going to say that I have zero faith but Horford and Harris have shown us very little.

Shake Milton proved last year that he is not only a competent NBA player, he is a GOOD player.

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After initially falling out of favor with former head coach Brett Brown, Milton was exiled to the bench and was not at all a part of the rotation anymore, behind the likes of Raul Neto. Milton got his opportunity to show the coaching staff as well as the fans exactly how talented he is when Ben Simmons went down after the All-Star game this summer.

Milton caught fire and not only played his way back into the rotation, but he also played himself into a starting position for a finals contender.

In the mix of multiple years of horrible drafting and failing to develop players by the Sixers, Milton stands out.

Shake Milton was the 56th player taken in the 2018 NBA draft and has slowly climbed his way from the G-League to a bench player to a starter last year for the team.

Milton tied an NBA record for most consecutive three-point shots made this past season and has shown flashes of dominance.

Brett Brown finally made the decision to slide Ben Simmons to power forward and the move paid dividends. Having the electric Milton on the floor with Simmons and Embiid was extremely effective. New head coach Doc Rivers should take note of this.

Milton is everything the Sixers seem to avoid. He is young, he is cheap, and most of all he is a bonafide shooter.
The continued development of Shake Milton is going to be key if the Sixers want to remain relevant in the all of a sudden stacked Eastern Conference.

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