Despite issues with depth this season for the Philadelphia 76ers, there’s been a pleasant surprise making his mark.
Landry Shamet, the No. 26 pick in the 2018 draft, was not expected to make much of an impact with the 76ers this season.
Well that hasn’t been the case and in Tuesday night’s 132-115 win at home against the Washington Wizards, he made history.
The rookie out of Wichita State made eight threes including going a perfect 4-for-4 on threes in the third quarter. He attempted 14 for the game and set a 76ers rookie record for 3-pointers made in a game.
JJ Redick missed his first game of the season with lower-back soreness. The 76ers needed someone to step up to replace his shooting.
Shamet picked a great game to have a breakout performance and led the 76ers in scoring with 29 points.
Despite Furkan Korkmaz getting the start, Shamet took on the tough role of constantly moving around the court to get open looks.
He came off screens from Joel Embiid ready to shoot and ran in transition to the 3-point line.
Shamet took advantage of Redick’s absence, and has shown improvement throughout his rookie season.
He’s averaging 7.7 points per game and is shooting 38.5 percent from the 3-point line through 40 games.
It’s fair to say he’s exceeded expectations so far this season.
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