In the Delaware Blue Coats February 5th game against the Austin Spurs, Shake Milton fractured the 4th metacarpal in his right hand. According to a Philadelphia 76ers press release, Milton underwent successful surgery today in response to the fracture, and will be re-evaluated in... you guessed it:
STATEMENT FROM PHILADELPHIA 76ERS VICE PRESIDENT OF ATHLETE CARE DR. DANIEL MEDINA:
FEB. 12, 2019 – Shake Milton underwent successful surgery this morning to address a fracture of the 4th metacarpal in his right hand that was suffered during a Delaware Blue Coats game vs. Austin on Feb. 5. The surgery was performed by Dr. Asif M. Ilyas, a hand specialist at the Rothman Institute/Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.
Milton is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately 2-3 weeks.
This all sounds pretty minor, although it is a little concerning that it is Milton’s shooting hand that was injured. In any event, he sounds like he’s on the road to recovery.
Milton has not contributed very much to the pro squad this season, but I believe his long term outlook is still positive. Banking on upside, Milton fits the role of a secondary creator/scorer at the guard spot. Whether he reaches that potential is questionable, but obviously he’ll need to be healthy to do so. While Milton has been plagued with injury troubles from the very start of his NBA career, this injury is not related to the back injury that diminished his ability to perform at the combine.