The Knicks, when healthy, are one of the deepest teams in the league, leaving Shake Milton likely to be reserved for extreme situations.

The Knicks have a surplus at guard. There are only so many minutes to go around and that’s with three starters out of the lineup. The Knicks recently added Shake Milton to the mix but they currently have Miles McBride and Alec Burks taking up the reserve minutes.

It’s going to be difficult for Milton to crack the rotation with the emergence of McBride as a reliable backup point guard and the return of a tried and trued Tom Thibodeau soldier in Burks. With all the injuries that have plagued the Knicks this season, the addition of Milton seems like a “in case of emergency” kind of move. Milton is seemingly looking at DNPs most nights or the rare occasions when the opportunity for garbage time arises and Thibs is able to rest the regulars. 

Milton had his best season for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2020-21 campaign where he averaged 13 points, 3.1 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 23.2 minutes per game. He can be more than capable of making a positive impact for the Knicks if he ever gets the chance to play meaningful minutes. With that in mind let’s take a look at what he can bring to the table if the time comes for the Knicks to break the glass. 

Milton’s biggest asset is his ability to create offense for himself, whether as a starter or off the bench, something that has hurt the Knicks this season at times when Jalen Brunson sits. While New York did address this issue with the acquisition of Bojan Bogdanovic, Milton’s potential microwave ability can come in handy if needed.

While he hasn’t had many chances to show what he can do this season. Here is Milton’s last meaningful performance from back in February when he was still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves: 

Barring another catastrophic injury we probably won’t see much of Shake Milton going forward but if push comes to shove the Knicks know they have a serviceable NBA player.

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