Sixers see improvement in Shake Milton as a passer, want more offense

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The Philadelphia 76ers have gotten off to an 8-4 start to the 2021-22 season despite not having Ben Simmons and dealing with main pieces Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle missing time due to the health and safety protocol.

They are getting some big contributions up and down the roster. Shake Milton, for example, has been a big help since his return. He missed the first four games due to a right ankle sprain, but he is averaging 12.5 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds since his return while averaging only 1.3 turnovers.

The 3.9 assists are the best he has averaged in his career, and coach Doc Rivers likes what he sees in that area. However, he also would like to see more offense out of his fourth-year guard.

“I think Shake has become a much better passer than he has been in the past so that’s good,” said Rivers. “We gotta get him going a little bit more offensively even though I think his numbers are good, I think there’s a better Shake in there.”

To Rivers’ point, Milton is shooting 26.9% from deep despite his solid scoring average. That number has to rise, but, considering he dealt with an ankle injury, it makes sense that he’s off to a slow start. At least he is contributing in other areas.

It helps that this is Milton’s second season under Rivers, which has helped him mature in that area. He understands where guys want the ball and it has allowed him to be more of a playmaker.

“I don’t know if it’s necessarily something that I’ve worked on,” Milton started. “Just as far as seeing it from a film standpoint has helped a lot and then just constant reps and knowing Doc’s offense where open guys are going to be and what’s the most effective way to get them the ball.”

The improvement of Milton as a passer is going to be a big help. It is another layer the Sixers can use when they turn to the shifty guard out of SMU. He brings a lot to the table and this passing aspect is another one that they can use in order to get the offense going.

“We talk a lot about the flow pass and the advance pass and it’s open and it helps a lot when you’ve got guys who can catch and shoot it and knock it down,” Milton added. “It’s definitely helped toward improvement.”

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