Milton (along with Clarkson) is making a run at Sixth Man of the Year: 17 points per game on 50% shooting, and six foul shots per 36 minutes.
That hook is not an anomaly. Milton is one of the NBA's most creative little guy finishers. About 30% of his shots have come from floater range -- a huge share -- and he has nailed 57% of them. That won't last, but an aggressive Milton adds a north-south attacking dimension that is lacking in Philadelphia's starting five (looking at you, Ben Simmons!), and helps keep the offense afloat when Joel Embiid rests.
The Sixers are scoring 1.19 points per possession when Milton shoots out of a drive, or passes to a teammate who fires -- 17th among 156 guys who have recorded at least 40 drives, per Second Spectrum. (The top two on that list: Seth Curry and Embiid.) That would have ranked third last season.
Philly is plus-54 with Milton on the court, and minus-1 when he sits. They are outscoring opponents by a monstrous 23 points per 100 possessions in 125 minutes when Embiid and Milton play together.
Simmons' injury in the bubble robbed us of watching Philly's reimagined starting five of Milton, Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris, and Embiid. Richardson is in Dallas, but Philly is playing lineups of that ilk almost all game now
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