Marial Shayok

Sixers' Marial Shayok named to Midseason All-NBA G League Team

Sixers' Marial Shayok named to Midseason All-NBA G League Team

CAMDEN, N.J. — Marial Shayok caught the ball Thursday night in Milwaukee, squared his shoulders and drilled a three-pointer on the first shot of his NBA career. He’s done a lot of that this season in the G League.

The 24-year-old rookie was named on Monday to the Midseason All-NBA G League Team, one of 12 players selected from the Eastern Conference.

Shayok has averaged 23.3 points, third in the G League, shot 36.4 percent from three-point range on 7.4 attempts per game, and also added 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. 

Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson has been focused on improving Shayok’s defense and ability to create for others. Johnson’s team plays a fast style (third in pace in the G League) and values constant ball pressure, a system he hopes can aid Shayok’s development (see story).

The Ottawa, Ontario, native’s three-point shooting would seem to be his most obvious path toward contributing in the NBA.

“I’ve always been a scorer and have developed my shot as years have gone by,” Shayok told NBC Sports Philadelphia in July. “I really just simplified my game, knowing that teams need shooting. I really wanted to work on that, especially the past two years at Iowa State.”

After practice Monday, Shayok scrimmaged with other low-minute players and player development staff, matching up against Zhaire Smith and showcasing his smooth scoring.

As a two-way player, Shayok can spend 45 days in the NBA between the start of G League training camp and the end of the G League regular season. He is not eligible for the NBA playoffs. 



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Sixers call up Marial Shayok, one of G League's leading scorers

Sixers call up Marial Shayok, one of G League's leading scorers

CAMDEN, N.J — The Sixers on Wednesday called up the No. 4 scorer in the G League this season.

Marial Shayok practiced with the Sixers and is traveling with them to Milwaukee, according to a team spokesperson. The Sixers will play the NBA-leading Bucks on Thursday night. 

The No. 54 pick in this year’s draft, Shayok is one of the Sixers’ two two-way players. While Norvel Pelle has used up all 45 of the NBA days he’s allowed under his two-way deal, Shayok has time remaining. He’s played 25 games with the Delaware Blue Coats, the Sixers’ G-League affiliate, and hasn’t yet made his regular-season NBA debut.

Shayok’s offensive skills are obvious. Though he’s not an explosive player, he has a smooth game and has shown he can score in bunches. 

He has averaged 23.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists with the Blue Coats, and has shot 36.4 percent from three-point territory on 7.4 attempts per game. Those statistics are boosted a bit by Delaware’s fast-paced system, but they’re eye-catching regardless.

The Blue Coats’ coaching staff has been looking to develop parts of Shayok’s game besides his scoring.

“I think the two areas for him to improve are his on-ball defense, which we work on every day, and his ability to use his scoring to create shots for others,” Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson said on Jan. 4. “So, if someone closes out on him, he can’t shoot it, but can he find somebody else? Making that next play is a big point of emphasis for him, and I think that will be what continues to drive his progression."

The 6-foot-5 Shayok has a 7-foot wingspan, which he’s trying to use to his advantage.

“Just being locked in throughout the whole play,” he said a month ago. “Using my length and making it tough for the offensive player. Just trying to do what I can to cause havoc.”

At 24 years old, Shayok is one of the older rookies in the league. He went to Virginia for three years, then transferred to Iowa State and scored 18.7 points per game as a redshirt senior. 



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Actual NBA players hilariously voted for these 6 Sixers to make All-Star Game — which is a problem

Actual NBA players hilariously voted for these 6 Sixers to make All-Star Game — which is a problem

The NBA released the All-Star Game voting results on Thursday and as expected, some of the results are quite curious.

The voting process currently takes into account voting by the fans, players, and media, with the fan vote being counted as double. There are clearly flaws to this method.

Fan favorites like Tacko Fall can garner close to a million votes while his play on the court clearly doesn't reflect any All-Star bona fides. But there are some checks to a fan-only system. Player and media votes count for a significant portion of the voting. But there are flaws to that portion of the voting as well.

Some players clearly don't take the voting process very seriously.

Just look at some of the Sixers' bench players who received votes from fellow NBA players — to be an All-Star!

Marial Shayok - 1 player vote
Shake Milton - 1 player vote
Trey  Burke - 1 player vote
Matisse Thybulle - 1 player vote
Furkan Korkmaz - 1 player vote
Norvel Pelle - 1 player vote

Raul Neto, sadly, did not get any love from his fellow NBA players, nor did Mike Scott. Then there are the starters who received significant player votes: Tobias Harris (19), Al Horford (16), Josh Richardson (13). Those make some sense.

Joel Embiid was voted a starter by receiving a hefty portion of all three segments of the voting audience. The only other Sixer with a legit chance to make the team as a reserve appears to be Ben Simmons.

Simmons received the third most votes among guards in the East from the media, fourth most from the players, but a curious eighth most by the fans. More fans voted for Jaylen Brown than Simmons. OK, sure.

You can see a list of all players who received votes here. The reserves for the 2020 All-Star squad will be announces on Thursday night on TNT. The reserves are chosen by head coaches.

I'm going to go out on a limb and say the coaches around the league aren't going to give Pelle the nod for all of those sweet blocks.



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