Thank you so much for joining our season preview as we continue our way through Sixers preseason. Prior to the start of the regular season, we will bring you our projections, offseason reviews, and predictions of every player on the Sixers’ roster. The regular season is upon us and there are some spots in the Sixers’ rotation that continue to be up for grabs. In our latest player spotlight, we highlight Landry Shamet, the rookie sharp shooter from Kansas City, Missouri.
Landry Shamet, 6’5″, Wichita State
2017/18 Season Review
Landry Shamet enters his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers after being drafted 26th in the 2018 NBA draft. Landry was a 2-year star at Wichita State, averaging 14.9 points per game and 5.2 assists per game. He also displayed a .650 true shooting percentage while shooting 44.2 percent from 3 on 5.9 attempts per game. When given more minutes and a bigger role for the Shockers last season (18.8% to 23.1% usage rate), Shamet’s major numbers continued to show progress. Wichita State finished 25-8 last season, which was good enough for 16th in the country. The Shockers (4 seed) lost to Marshall (13 seed) in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Landry Shamet scored 11 points on 3-13 shooting and 3-6 from beyond the arc.
Make no mistake, Shamet’s main skillset is his jump shot. He has a very quick release and can step out well beyond the arc. In his two years on the varsity basketball team at his high school in Kansas City, Landry made 84-234 from 3 point range, good for 35.9%. In 364 three point shots at Wichita State over the last 3 years, Landry hit on 43.7% of those attempts. Overall, in his past 5 years, Landry is a proven sharp shooter, making 40.6% of his three point shots in 598 attempts. Landry Shamet was otherworldly in the AAC, as he finished first in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2%), assists per game (5.2), true shooting percentage (65.5%), offensive rating (132.3), win shares (5.5), and box/plus minus (9.7). Shamet is a high IQ and instinctual basketball player that excels in the pick and roll, something that should allow him to quickly assimilate into Brett Brown’s offense.
Landry Shamet and JJ Redick, Day 2. pic.twitter.com/j1HLhIDOYZ
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) September 23, 2018
2018 Offseason Notables
Landry Shamet played in one game during Sixers Summer League. In that game versus the Celtics, Shamet had 6 points and 2 assists in 12 minutes. Shamet instantly showed how he will be able to space the floor, but suffered a right ankle sprain during the second half that sidelined him during the remainder of Summer League action. Here are his best highlights from his Sixers debut.
Here is a glimpse of Landry Shamaet’s defense. The effort is there, but Shamet’s feet aren’t quick enough in order to stay in front of Boston’s Kadeem Allen.
Landry Shamet comes off a screen by Jonah Bolden and hits the 3 without hesitation.
Landry Shamet fights through tough defense by Pierra Henry in the corner and finds a cutting Zhaire Smith who rises for the layup.
Zhaire Smith finds Landry Shamet for the corner three.
In August, Landry Shamet was seen with fellow teammate Jonah Bolden at the Summer Shore Tour in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. When asked regarding his health, Shamet stated, “I feel good, you know, progressing and working out… I don’t really need to speak on that too much, but I feel well, I feel good.” On September 21st, Landry Shamet was fully cleared for basketball activities.
— Jonah Bolden (@Jonahbolden43) August 26, 2018
So far during Sixers training camp, JJ Redick has taken Landry Shamet under his wing. In an interview with Noah Levick, Landry Shamet gave a glimpse into what he’s been working on with JJ, “Just trying to take little bits and pieces of how he gets open. He’s not the biggest guy, but he’s really good with his feet and creating space.” JJ Redick is an ideal mentor for Landry Shamet as they share many similar strengths: moving without the ball, running off screens, shooting. Shamet has made it clear that he wants to improve his ball handling and body at the NBA level. If JJ Redick is able to divulge some of that incredible work ethic, then Landry Shamet and the Sixers are in great shape moving forward.
JJ Redick and Landry Shamet from deep at training camp. pic.twitter.com/2b6WcpqoXl
— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) September 22, 2018
Areas of Strength/Needs to Show Improvement
It’s obvious that Shamet needs to increase his physicality and frame in order to not be a liability on defense in the NBA. While some extra strength will help him on both ends, don’t expect Shamet to be an impact player on the defensive end anytime soon. However, Shamet has a true skillset in a league where shooting and spacing the floor is paramount for a young guard (cough, I’m looking at you Ben Simmons, cough).
This is an excellent video which depicts how Brett likely views Landry Shamet’s fit in his pace and space offense. It’s no secret that Brett Brown likes to give the green light to his players when it comes to shooting three point shots during transition and fast break opportunities. Marco Belinelli thrived in this type of offense last season. It’s going to come down to Furkan and Landry to fill the void left by Marco’s departure for the 2018/19 season.
Preseason Performance To Date
While October 1st against the Magic was the Markelle Fultz show, Landry Shamet flew under the radar and showed some flashes that he could become a great role player for the Sixers. His shot looked wet, he showed an ability to run off screens, and even appeared to have some quick feet on defense. Landry finished with 12 points on 3/6 from the field in 19 minutes. Shamet also shot 3/6 from beyond the arc and was a +8 on the court. Here are his best highlights from the Sixers’ victory on Monday night against the Magic.
Landry runs off the screen set by Amir Johnson and knocks down the 18 footer. JJ Redick has taken Landry Shamet under his wing and its impact is beginning to show on the court.
Landry Shamet shows off his silky smooth shot from deep
Landry shows off a quick release from 3; he could be a legit weapon off the bench
On Friday morning against the Mavericks, Landry Shamet had his best game of the preseason to date, finishing with 18 points on 6/11 from the field in 24 minutes. The offense continues to flow when Landry Shamet is on the court, who has shown to be extremely comfortable running off screens and spacing the floor. Here are some of his best highlights from Friday’s win in China.
A posting Dario Saric finds Landry Shamet open from beyond the arc. That form is so smooth.
Landry looks to get a decent amount of playing time this season if he’s able to come off screens and space the floor like the one seen above.
Landry’s strong skillset in the catch and shoot make him an ideal fit in Brett Brown’s offense.
You. Cannot. Stop. Landry. Shamet.
Performance and Predictions for the 2018/19 Season
Shamet brings some much needed shooting to the point guard position for our Philadelphia 76ers. Initially, I thought Landry’s minutes would only be given during blowout victories in the fourth quarter. During the preseason, Brett Brown has opted to use Landry Shamet over Furkan Korkmaz to provide spacing on offense. His jump shot has looked wet, and he’s already shown to be an improvement on defense compared to Marco Belinelli.
With Marco signing with the Spurs, it will be interesting to watch Landry Shamet and Furkan Korkmaz battle it out to win the position as floor spacer at the guard position. During media day, Shamet said, “My whole approach right now is to control whatever I can, come in and find that role, buy into it and do whatever I can do help this team get wins.” Landry had the correct mindset heading into preseason; he wants to hit open shots and play defense. When the preseason games started, he fit like a glove. The offense has flowed very well with Landry Shamet getting minutes so far, and he’s only gotten better with each game. While Furkan offers a bit more positional versatility than Landry Shamet, it’s been Shamet that has wowed the fans with his ability to run off screens and hit shots.
My Prediction: Landry will beat out Furkan Korkmaz as first role player off the bench. Shamet will average between 8-12 minutes and 5.5 points per game. I believe we’ll see several DNPs for JJ Redick this year, and Landry Shamet will be the one that benefits most from this. When JJ rests on back-to-backs, Shamet plays 20-25 minutes off the bench. Overall, I’ve been incredibly impressed by the rookie out of Wichita State, and he is absolutely a breakout player to watch out for during the 2018/19 season.
Editor’s Note: Beginning September 27 and continuing up until the start of the season, we will be profiling each member of the current 76ers’ roster. Be sure to check out our schedule below and hear what our writers expect from our Sixers players.
|September 27||Jonah Bolden||October 8||Wilson Chandler|
|September 29||Shake Milton||October 10||JJ Redick|
|September 30||Zhaire Smith||October 11||Robert Covington|
|October 1||Furkan Korkmaz||October 13||Dario Saric|
|October 3||Amir Johnson||October 14||Markelle Fultz|
|October 4||Mike Muscala||October 15||Ben Simmons|
|October 6||Landry Shamet||October 16||Joel Embiid|
|October 7||TJ McConnell|