After a stellar season last year, the 54th pick in the 2018 draft may have earned his chance to start.

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Milton broke out in a big way last year before the NBA was shut down midseason, but regressed a bit in the bubble after a prolonged break. Nonetheless, Milton showed the Brett Brown-led coaching staff something and seems to have caught the eye of Doc Rivers as well.

After supposedly putting on some muscle weight this offseason, “Protein Shake” Milton is poised for another step this season. After struggling in a couple of games, it looks as though Milton is picking up a head of steam in Doc Rivers’ system and seems to be feeling himself. He finished the game against the Hornets leading the Sixers’ new and improved bench with 18 points, shooting 3 of 7 from deep in 25 minutes.

But will Shake Milton force Rivers’ hand into making him the Sixers fifth starter?

Milton would be replacing Danny Green in all likelihood should he find himself inserted into the Sixers starting 5. Green is off to a very Danny Green-like start to the season, he has been hot and cold shooting, having yet to find much consistency as he’s currently shooting 21% from beyond the arch. Danny Green will likely prove to be the Sixers’ most important addition of the shortened offseason, but in more ways than just on the court.

The Danny Green vs Shake Milton debate starts and ends with the hot hand. The Sixers are rolling currently and if I was Doc Rivers I would certainly be afraid to change anything especially since Green finished the game against the Hornets 2 for 3 from three-point range.

Should the Sixers continue to try to develop Shake Milton?

Yes, he is not a finished product, and throwing him some starting minutes could go a long way in his development. Right now, Milton should be on call if Danny Green gets into a major slump and in the meantime continue to provide a spark off the bench.

Doc Rivers and the Sixers players have expressed multiple times that this is no longer the Process, this is the moment, the time to win is now.
This is a good problem to have if you’re the Sixers and something that should be closely monitored as the season progresses.

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