Landry Shamet making a name for himself with the Sixers
The attention has been elsewhere, but guard Landry Shamet has been making a name for himself with the Sixers early on in his rookie campaign.
Shamet, who the Sixers selected in the first round (25th overall) of the ’18 NBA Draft, averaged 7.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19.7 minutes of action per game over his first 10 career games, while displaying some solid shooting (42% from the floor, 38% from long distance, 58 ts %).
“He’s just quietly jumping into this league,” Brown said of Shamet on Saturday. “There is a consistency that he has shown. Sometimes he’ll miss a play call and I’ll bark at him, and he lets me coach him. And he’s prideful. I feel like in the capacity that we’re using him as a mini-J.J. [Redick] — I’m running stuff for a rookie and putting him in situations, and he’s responded and he’s delivered. I’m extremely happy with Landry Shamet.”
One player that Shamet has learned a lot from is veteran sniper J.J. Redick, who requested to sit by Shamet on team flights in order to maximize the time he had to share knowledge with his younger counterpart. In the Sixers locker room after their victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday, Redick walked over to Shamet’s locker to discuss details of a particular play from the game. It was a brief, fleeting moment, but represented the growing bond that has developed between the two shooters.
“He picks things up pretty quick,” Redick said of Shamet. “He’s observant. He’s a worker. He wants to be good, and he has no problem working to be good. He’s a really bright guy. He’s got a really good future in this league.”
Shamet’s premier skill – shot-making – happens to be a major need for the Sixers, so he has been afforded some early on-court opportunity, and he has taken advantage of it.
“I’m just trying to take advantage of opportunities that have been presented to me early,” Shamet said on Saturday. “Really, I just have good teammates like T.J. McConnell over there, and they’re teaching me a lot and having confidence in me, and that goes a long way.
“The best teacher is experience and playing. I’ve learned a ton. I can’t even explain how much I’ve learned in the last month… Just trying to improve upon things that I might be struggling with now.”
Redick won’t be around forever, but Philadelphia’s need for floor-spacers isn’t going anywhere, especially as long as they’re a team built around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, so Shamet’s early play is promising.
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