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Sixers Rookie Landry Shamet shines and makes the most of his opportunities

The starting lineup for the Sixers appears to be set, as Markelle Fultz has been a mainstay through the first three preseason games, and JJ Redick has proven to be a spark plug off the bench.

Injuries to forward Wilson Chandler, and backup guard Jerryd Bayless, have added a new wrinkle into Head coach Brett Brown’s rotation. The depth of the Sixers bench is more abundant than it would appear on the surface. Second year forward Furkan Korkmaz and rookie Landry Shamet have both gotten minutes due to the void left by the injuries.

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Korkmaz spent most of last season with the Sixers’ G League affiliate, and has been adjusting well to the NBA. Landry Shamet has also given the Sixers a punch off the bench. None of the Sixers’ 2018 draft have been looked upon to make an immediate impact, however with the consistent play of Shamet throughout the preseason, things could change for him once the regular season begins.

Thus far Shamet is averaging 10.7 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1 assist in a little over 18 minutes per game. As a big guard, standing at 6’5″, he has the ability to knock down the open shot, which he has done, including shooting 35.7 percent from 3 point range, and he can create opportunities for himself or teammates off the dribble.

Markelle Fultz is the starter and JJ Redick has been the first guard off the bench and that formula has been working very well, especially with Redick’s breakout game against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. He was questionable coming into the game as he was battling gastroenteritis, nevertheless, he was able to suit up. He shot a perfect 10 for 10 from the field, for a team high 28 points. Ben Simmons scored 9 points, and handed out 10 assists, to go along with 9 rebounds. Shamet poured in 18 points, in a little over 23 minutes of action. Philadelphia got off to a shaky start before settling in to defeat Dallas 120-114, in Shanghai.

With Redick, Shamet, and Korkmaz supplying the team with quality minutes, the pressure is off Fultz to live up to the expectations of being the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 draft.

The Sixers have size, depth, and versatility at the guard positions, which will be give Head Coach Brett Brown range across several different lineups.

The teams will resume playing on Monday at  8 a.m. ET in Shenzhen. This will conclude the Sixers’ exhibition games for 2018. The season opener is scheduled for October 16th in Boston, before a national audience on the TNT Network, at 8 p.m.

Anthony Gilbert covers the Sixers for NJ.com. Follow him on Twitter at @axgilbert.



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