The Philadelphia 76ers entered the night with five picks. After numerous trades, the team will end up keeping just two of the players selected on the night. With the 20th pick, the Sixers selected Matisse Thybulle out of Washington. To finish out the 2019 draft the Sixers selected Marial Shayok with the 54th pick.
Shayok redefining his game
Shayok began his career in Virginia with the Cavaliers. His role there was drastically different. In three seasons under Tony Bennett, the Canada native averaged just 16.7 minutes per game and scored just 5.7 points per game. For his senior season, Shayok transferred to Iowa State and turned into a scorer. Moving to the Big-12 Shayok took the league by storm.
He averaged 18.7 points per game and started all 34 games for the Cyclones. He would be named First-team All-Big-12 and would win the Big 12 Tournament MVP award as he averaged 18 points per game leading the Cyclones to the Big 12 championship.
What will Shayok bring to Philly?
Shayok is an older player as he will turn 24 in July. However, the 54th overall pick showcased in his year at Iowa State that he can score. He can also create his own shot. Furthermore, he has good size at 6’6 and can help out on the defensive end.
Shayok could carve out a bench role for the Sixers this season and provide good production off the bench which they will need. Welcome to Philly Marial!
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