The Sixers have exhibited growing pains early this season, and there are serious questions as to how the rotation will work when the starters have to leave the court. This is especially true at the guard position, where right now the Sixers are relying on Raul Neto and Furkan Korkmaz for off the bench scoring.
One possible solution to lengthen the bench and create a more dynamic situation when talking about the guards could be Marial Shayok, the rookie forward from Iowa State, who has gotten off to about as hot a start as you possibly can.
The first pro game for Shayok would be a loss, but one where he showed off his impressive offensive game. He put up 34 points, and had 6 rebounds and 3 assists in the opening effort. Now following that up would be difficult but Shayok did his best in his 2nd effort for the Blue Coats.
In game 2 for the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers G League Affiliate, Shayok went bonkers, blasting the Greensboro for 42 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists over 34 minutes. Needless to say he’s currently leading the G League in points per game with 38 and has looked nigh unstoppable against the minor league competition.
The 54th overall pick, the 2nd rounder still has a lot to prove, and has to use his 6’5″ frame defensively and try to improve his 3 point shooting, but his ability to score is undeniable. It is way above what the Canadian born player showed in college at Virginia and Iowa State, but he seems to be putting it all together at this fledgling stage in his career.
A two way player, Shayok is one of the most intriguing prospects on the Blue Coats roster, and outside of Zhaire Smith might have the best chance of anyone down in the NBA’s version of the minor leagues to get called up to the show.
For now though, Shayok is one of the most dynamic players to watch in the G-League and we’ll be sure to keep an eye on him going forward. The next game for the Blue Coats is Friday night on the road against the Long Island Nets at 7pm.