Philadelphia 76ers: When will Marial Shayok make his NBA debut?

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After consistently lighting it up for the Delaware Blue Coats, when will Marial Shayok make his NBA debut with the Philadelphia 76ers?

The Philadelphia 76ers have been trying to ‘blossom a bomba’ for the first 14 games of the season.

While players like Shake Milton, Furkan Korkmaz, and even point guard Raul Neto have each recorded multiple games with two or more 3 pointers made so far this season, none have really separated themselves from the pack to become the team’s next great bench scorer in the vein of everyone’s favorite Clipper Landry Shamet.

But what if the answer to the team’s prayers is already on their roster, well, sort of?

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As Sixers fans the world over watch their favorite team seesaw between an electrifying bench and a lackluster one, 2019 second-round pick Marial Shayok has been putting in work with the Delaware Blue Coats.

In only four games of action, the 6-foot-5, 198-pound Canadian-born Iowa State product has amassed 118 points in 125 minutes – or 29.5 points in 31.2 minutes of action a night.

For those keeping track at home, those numbers rank the 24-year-old first among all rookies and second overall in points scored per game in the entire G-League, behind only Josh Gray.

And most impressively of all, Shayok is doing his work from all over the court.

Despite being labeled a potential 3-and-D shooter coming out of college, Shayok has only attempted 29 of his 94 attempts from beyond the arc. Of the remaining 65 shot attempts – split pretty evenly between inside the paint and out – Shayok has made 34, bringing his overall shooting percentage to 45 percent from the field.

Still not convinced? Well, check out Shayok’s 42 point performance in the Blue Coat’s 109-101 win over the Greensboro Swarm.

For the third year in a row, it looks like the Sixers have found a straight-up steal in the second round.

Now granted, it’s unrealistic to expect Shayok to cross the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line and instantly emulate his Blue Coats numbers with the 76ers. Still, one does have to wonder just how the overachieving rookie would fare against legitimate NBA defenders with his parent club.

Fortunately, we may not have to wait too long to find out.

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With Josh Richardson still out with a hip injury and 14 straight games on the East Coast leading up to a Christmas eve eve trip to Detroit on December 23rd, it’s entirely possible the Philadelphia 76ers could exploit Marial Shayok’s status as a two-way player and bus him to the Wells Fargo Center for some reserve minutes off the bench. But until then, expect Super Marial to continue to put in work alongside Zhaire Smith, Jonah Bolden, and Norvel Pelle on an incredibly fun to watch Delaware Blue Coats squad with G-League title aspirations.