The two-way players who will spend time with both the Philadelphia 76ers and the Delaware Blue Coats during the 2018-19 season are second-round draft pick Shake Milton and third-year pro Demetrius Jackson. In each edition of Two-Way Tuesday, either Milton or Jackson will be in the spotlight.
This week, the rookie Milton gets the nod for the first time. The focus: Milton’s NBA preseason debut against the visiting Orlando Magic on Monday night at The Center.
Milton took the floor with seven minutes and 37 seconds remaining on the fourth quarter clock and the Sixers leading the Magic 102-90. It was the SMU product’s first game action since Jan. 28, an 86-61 win for the Mustangs over East Carolina University. He missed the remainder of his third college season due to a broken right hand. He did not check in during the Sixers’ twenty-point win over Melbourne United on Friday night.
Milton recorded one rebound and one assist on Monday.
Blue Coats Beat: How did it feel to play in your first NBA game?
Shake Milton: It felt great just being out there, being able to run around. That was my first game since January. I didn’t play exactly as well as I’d like to, but I’m happy just being out here and being healthy, and now I know what I need to work on.
BCB: What advice has fellow two-way player Demetrius Jackson (5 points, 1 block, and 1 assist in 5 minutes on Monday) given to you?
SM: We talk about a lot of things. Just the way the game is being played. Different ways to get to your spot. I work out with him a lot, so we get a feel for each other every day and he keeps me challenged and keeps me working.
(Milton and Jackson showed off a pregame handshake before tip-off against the Magic. Check out a sneak peek of The HandShake here.)
BCB: What do you remember about playing against [current Sixers teammate] Landry Shamet (12 points in 19 minutes on Monday) in college?
SM: He’s a very good point guard. Very good passer. Wichita State was a pretty good team and the crowd was into it.
(Milton scored 33 points in a Jan. 17 road upset of No. 7 Wichita State)
BCB: What about your game—how much of a zone were you in that night?
SM: I just found a rhythm and was able to lock in. My teammates kept feeding me and it kind of just happened.
BCB: Which area of your game are you working on the most for the college to pro jump?
SM: Just getting used to that [NBA three-point] line again. I’ve been out for awhile, so getting used to the line, and then working on getting to my spots and getting my feet in the right spot.
BCB: What excites you the most about the upcoming season?
SM: Just being able to play basketball again, honestly. Just being able to be healthy, getting up and down the court and playing the game that I love.