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What roles will Landry Shamet and Shake Milton play for Sixers?

What roles will Landry Shamet and Shake Milton play for Sixers?

CAMDEN, N.J. — The main story from Thursday night’s NBA draft was the Sixers’ surprising first-round trade of No. 10 pick Mikal Bridges for No. 16 selection Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first-rounder (see story). Deservedly so. 

But the Sixers also had five other picks heading into the draft. It’s worth breaking down the picks they traded away, the ones they kept, and how their selections after Smith could fit with the team.

No. 26: Landry Shamet
Shamet’s standout skill is his outside shot. The Wichita State junior shot 44.2 percent from three-point range last season — he’s excellent spotting up or running around screens. The 6-5 guard is a very smart player and has good instincts as a passer. However, Shamet isn’t a great athlete and he may not have the handles or quickness to be an effective shot creator in the NBA. Many experts had Shamet projected in the second round.

“I think just immediately, I can provide three-point shooting and just someone that’s going to play hard,” Shamet said in a conference call from Brooklyn after he was selected. “Playing for Coach [Gregg] Marshall at Wichita State, you’re not going to slack off at the defensive end. ... In the NBA now, the three-point shot is so important, and I can provide that right away.”

Brett Brown said he was impressed with Shamet’s shooting and attitude when he worked out with the Sixers last week.

“His ability to just play basketball and play the modern-day game, and his character,” Brown said. “I enjoyed the research on the person. I really enjoyed communicating with him on different levels … and then you saw him play, he’s got a lot of game. And I see him being a combo type of guard that can shoot, make plays and I think really has a prideful approach to his defense that was really attractive to us.”

No. 38: Khyri Thomas — traded to Pistons for two future second-round picks
The Creighton guard, a two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, seemed like a steal at No. 38, and his impressive defensive ability and outside shooting may have fit well with the Sixers (see profile). Ultimately, the Sixers opted to accumulate more assets, something Brown said was a key reason why the team took the Suns’ first-round deal.

No. 39: Reportedly traded to Lakers for 2019 second-round pick and cash
This deal was reported on Wednesday night. Again, piling up assets.

No. 54: Shake Milton
The Sixers acquired the 54th pick (Milton) by trading away the 56th and 60th picks to the Mavericks.

Milton, the SMU product, is a fluid playmaker who does a lot of things well. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals. Like with Shamet, his versatility and character appealed to Brown.

“I think he’s incredibly interesting with a 7-1 wingspan and a 6-6 frame that’s again a combo type of player, and high character,” Brown said. “I feel tremendously confident and proud of the fact that the people we brought in are our type of people.”

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Sixers postpone Blue-White scrimmage

Sixers postpone Blue-White scrimmage

Sixers fans will have to wait a little longer to see Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons' retooled shots, Joel Embiid's "bully ball" in the post, and all the storylines they were hoping to watch at Tuesday's Blue-White scrimmage. 

The Sixers have postponed Tuesday's scrimmage at the Palestra due to "weather-related issues that have impacted the arena." 

There were issues due to humidity and moisture on the floor.

With heavy rain in the Philadelphia area, the team said it decided to postpone the event due to "an abundance of caution for player safety."

The scrimmage will be rescheduled for a later date.

The team is set to open its preseason slate on Friday at Wells Fargo Center against Melbourne United.

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Sixers notes, quotes and tidbits: Joel Embiid rests; Landry Shamet learns from JJ Redick

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Sixers notes, quotes and tidbits: Joel Embiid rests; Landry Shamet learns from JJ Redick

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid sat out the Sixers’ practice on Monday. In past years, that would be a cause for grave concern and frantic speculation.

This season, there’s no reason to read too much into it. Monday was simply a “load management” day for Embiid ahead of the team’s Blue-White scrimmage Tuesday night at the Palestra (7 p.m., NBCSP).

“We had two great days and [Tuesday] he’ll come in, and it’s sort of a game day for us,” head coach Brett Brown said. “We’ll come in, have a shootaround, then go to the Palestra and play in front of a fantastic crowd. We just felt like it would be good to let him have [Monday] to rest and we’ll jump back into it [Tuesday.]”

It wasn’t an entirely idle day for Embiid, however, who worked on his game after practice.

The Sixers will throw in a rest day for Embiid here and there, but he’s unrestricted for the first time in his career (see story).

Learning from the best 
After each day of training camp, rookie Landry Shamet and JJ Redick have been taking corner threes, shot-faking and pulling up, launching floaters — fine-tuning the skills shooters need to thrive in the NBA.

Shamet said he’s already picked up a lot from Redick, who is entering his 13th season in the NBA. Redick has made 1,464 three-point shots in his career, 30th most in NBA history. He’s a career 41.5 percent three-point shooter.

“He’s one of the best shooters, when you look back on it, in NBA history,” Shamet said. “I just try to take little bits and pieces of how he gets open, because he’s not the biggest guy, especially in the NBA. He’s really good with his feet, with his hands, knowing how to create space. So even when I’m guarding him, I’m picking things up on what he does to me and how he gets open.” 

Quotables
“Just not worrying about what people say. Not worrying about what the media says, fans. At the end of the day, this is his job. He loves playing ball. We all love what we do, so we can’t worry about what [the media] says or what the fans say or what people are saying on the internet — it doesn’t matter. He’s a great player and he wants to work hard. He knows greatness doesn’t take a week or a month or a year, it takes a long period of time.”

-Ben Simmons on the confidence he’s seen from Markelle Fultz 

“We obviously want him to get inside; he’s as good as anybody in the NBA. But to feel like that’s the only thing he can do is really naïve and I don’t think great coaching. So me coaching, it’s getting that balance of post up, post up, post up, dunk, dunk, dunk vs. he’s trailing in and nobody’s guarding him, shoot some threes and space him in corners as we put Markelle in a pick-and-roll. That interests me. As I said, so much of Joel’s interesting situation is he’s good at a lot. He really is skillful and has the ability to score in a lot of different ways.”

-Brett Brown on why he still wants Joel Embiid to shoot a good number of three-pointers 

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