Because of injuries to the All-Star duo of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, the Philadelphia 76ers have gone deeper in their rotation in search of contributions. One player that's stepped up to the challenge is second-year guard Shake Milton, who scored 26 points in the first half of the Sixers' most recent meeting with the LA Clippers.
Shake Milton GOES OFF for 26 1st half PTS on 10-11 from the field in LA!@sixers 72@LAClippers 70- NBA (@NBA) March 1, 2020
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Who is Shake Milton? Here are some fast facts on Philly's prolific guard…
Malik "Shake" Milton was born September 26, 1996 in Bartlesville, OK. He attended Owasso High School in Owasso, OK and was considered a Top-100 recruit by Rivals (No. 66), ESPN (No. 79) and 247Sports (No. 92).
As for his nickname, NBC Sports Philadelphia shared the story of how Milton was given his nickname before he was born, as he is the son of Lisa and Myron "Milk" Milton, and thus was known as little 'Milk-Shake'.
Milton attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, TX, where he would average 13.4 points, 3.9 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 87 games over three seasons.
In the 2017-18 season, Milton averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 points and 4.4 assists before a broken hand would effectively end his college career 22 games into his junior season. He earned Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honours in both his sophomore and junior seasons.
He declared for the 2018 NBA Draft following his junior year.
Milton was taken by the Dallas Mavericks with the No. 54 overall pick in 2018 and was subsequently traded to the Philadelphia for the rights to the 56th and 60th picks in the same draft.
A month later, Milton signed a two-way contract with the 76ers, meaning he would split his time with them and their G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.
He appeared in 20 games with the Sixers, posting averages of 4.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. Milton scored a season-high 13 points against the Orlando Magic on Mar. 25, 2019. In 27 appearances with the Blue Coats, Milton averaged 24.9 points per game, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
His 24.9 points per game were good for fourth among all players in the G League.
Milton signed a four-year contract with the 76ers at the beginning of the free agency period.
The Sixers are signing Shake Milton to a four-year contract using their remaining salary-cap room, I am told.- Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) July 2, 2019
After battling injuries throughout the first half of the 2019-20 season, Milton would make his first career start on Jan. 25 in a 17-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers. In his third career start, Milton scored a then-career-high 27 points in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
Injuries to Simmons and Embiid put Milton back into the starting lineup in late February, where he would make history.
Over a three-game span from Feb. 26-Mar. 1, Milton knocked down 13 consecutive 3-pointers, tying an NBA record set by Brent Price and Terry Mills.
Over the past 3 games Shake Milton has made 13 consecutive 3-point attempts, tying the NBA record with Brent Price and Terry Mills. @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/4C2wlNbw80- NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) March 1, 2020
Milton would finish with a career-high the against Clippers.
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