Its become clear that during the Philadelphia 76ers preseason run that Landry Shamet is going to be the most important rookie to the team this season.
Like in most recent years past, the Philadelphia 76ers have a hand full of rookies heading into the season. Each first year player provides their own unique value to the franchise’s present and future. Players like Zhaire Smith, Jonah Bolden and Shake Milton will improve their value to the Sixers as they mature over the next couple of years, but Landry Shamet will be the most important rookie for the club this season.
Surely a player like Smith has a higher ceiling than Shamet, but whenever Smith does make his debut this season after getting a second surgery, he will most likely not have as a significant impact that Shamet will. Smith’s potential is enticing, but it will take him time to develop into the impactful player he can be. Shamet’s close to being NBA ready based on his skill set, so development will be a minor focus for him this season.
Shamet has proven this preseason that he’s ready to make an impact on the floor immediately. In the past two preseason games, Shamet has averaged 15.0 points per game and has shot 5-11 from the 3-point line. Christopher Kline, Co-Site Expert of The Sixer Sense, has iterated twice in recent articles that Shamet has earned a regular season rotation spot and minutes due to his preseason performance.
With Shamet’s ability to stretch the floor, he will be able to help the Philadelphia 76ers offensively immediately. Shamet doesn’t have the same potential as some of the other Sixers rookies have, but he will be able to make the biggest impact for the franchise during this upcoming regular season. Kline also did a wonderful preview of Shamet’s season which also provides great perspective on what type of production from the rookie combo guard.