3. Shake Milton, Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves being the NBA's best team is one of the biggest surprises of the 2023-24 campaign. Having said that, ex-76ers guard Shake Milton hasn't played much of a role in that success.
Milton showed promise during his five-year stay in Philadelphia after being a 2018 second-round selection. He earned the role of being a solid bench player and showed tremendous improvement when it came to his efficiency last season, shooting 47.9% from the floor and 37.8% from the three-point line — his best marks since the 2019-20 season.
Milton left the 76ers this offseason to join the T-Wolves on a two-year, $10 million contract, which seemed appropriate for a bench player of his caliber.
Unfortunately, the 27-year-old hasn't played as advertised.
Suiting up in 20 games thus far, Milton is averaging a putrid 5.3 PPG on .354/.211/.800 splits. He's only shot better than 50% from the floor once in his last nine games, finishing all but one of those games with eight or fewer points. That's without mentioning how he's averaging 4.5 personal fouls and 3.0 turnovers per 100 possessions, further proving that he hasn't added much to Minnesota's lineup.
One of the reasons why Milton left Philadelphia was that he was looking for more consistency in his role. That reasoning wound up aging like spoiled milk given that he's averaging fewer minutes and field goal attempts with the Timberwolves than he was with the Sixers. Hell, he may have ended up seeing more playing time in Philly had he been around post-Harden trade.
Milton is a solid player and was liked by 76ers fans, so hopefully he finds a way to turn things around. Otherwise, he might wish he didn't test free agency over re-signing this past summer.
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