Rehabbing reserve Shake Milton progressing well for Sixers
The second-year guard made solid contributions before suffering an injury in the third game this season.
DENVER — Shake Milton is ready to get back on the court.
The 76ers’ reserve combo guard has looked good in his rehab from a left knee sprain and bone bruise. Friday night’s matchup with the Denver Nuggets will mark the fifth game he has missed since injuring the knee Oct. 28 at Atlanta.
Milton will be evaluated before the home game Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets.
“I feel good,” he said. “Slowly but surely, just progressing and working with the training staff, and feeling a lot better.”
Milton was averaging 6.3 points and 8.7 minutes and shooting 44.4% on three-pointers when he got hurt. The second-year player saw only 1 minute, 6 seconds of mop-up duty in the Oct. 23 season opener against the Boston Celtics. Three nights later, he had 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting, making 2 of 3 three-pointers, and two assists and two rebounds in 12:09 against the Detroit Pistons.
Milton followed that up with nine points, hitting 2 of 5 shots — all three-pointers — in 12:32 before getting injured against the Hawks.
Milton was selected, out of SMU, with the 54th pick of the 2018 draft. The Sixers signed him to a two-way contract, but he had that converted to a four-year NBA deal in July.
He is averaging 4.6 points and 1.6 rebounds and shooting 34% on three-pointers in 23 career NBA games.