The Minnesota Timberwolves signed former Blue-and-White-wearing Philadelphia 76ers free agent combination guard Shake Milton this offseason, and the level of expectation for him is next to nothing right now. After all, there is an expectation that he will fill a stopgap role on the Timberwolves roster as a backup point guard.
But he has only done so in a limited fashion in the NBA so far. So how will the Timberwolves manage to coax more point guard presence out of a newcomer to the team? Well, if you follow Shake Milton’s career so far, you will discover that he has a solid track record of beating expectations when given the opportunity.
Stepping up is how Shake Milton rolls
In fact, his best performances with the Sixers came at times when he was filling in for an injured player, and had the chance to distinguish himself. Much like the better-than-expected contribution of wingman Nickeil Alexander-Walker in Round 1 of the 2023 NBA Playoffs, Milton had a bigger and better role when he was depended on. The only problem he faced with the Philadelphia 76ers was the fact that those opportunities were too few and far between.
That will certainly change when he steps onto a basketball court for the Minnesota Timberwolves. And he will be surrounded by a very talented Timberwolves roster that has upgraded significantly from the 2022-23 season team before Karl-Anthony Towns fell to injury.
Shake Milton could deliver 13+ points and 4.0+ assists per game off the Timberwolves bench. While that may not seem like much to get excited over, keep in mind that only starters on the Timberwolves roster accomplished that feat last season. If Shake can deliver that much ‘oomph,’ off the bench, the Timberwolves could be a very successful team.
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