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Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet
Position: G
Born: 03/13/97
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $1,997,640
A lot of people are saying that you guys are the best team on paper and there are championship expectations. Landry Shamet: There should be championship expectations. There is no reason to think anything else. I kind of felt the expectations immediately, we’re going all-in right now. This is what we’re doing. Knowing that I’ve been starting, assuming that’s still the case, I take that really seriously. Starting on the best team on paper? I take it seriously. I felt the weight of it really quickly, for sure. I’m just excited to get acclimated with that group of guys, move forward and try to accomplish as much as we can.
Everyone is talking about how amazing this team can be defensively. How can that help you and what do you expect on that end? Landry Shamet: your confidence, defensively. Knowing not only do you have other guys securing their matchups, but you know they are heady and have good IQ and if you do make a mistake, you have guys behind you who are good at making up for those mistakes. I think it will allow Pat, especially, to be more aggressive than he already is. You’ll see guys probably gambling a little bit more, knowing the group of defenders behind us. We’ll be able to throw multiple matchups at a guy. If he is having his way with Pat, well okay, here is Paul. If he’s having his way with Paul, okay, well here’s Kawhi. Going down the line, we can really wear guys out. The idea of being able to throw these different matchups at these big-time scorers . Whoever is guarding them isn’t going to get worn down. We’re going to have different options there. It’s exciting to be able to switch every guy.
What are your offseason plans? What aspects of your game are you working to develop? Landry Shamet: Just everything. I was a point guard in college; people forget that. Being able to re-work that back into my game . I play off the ball a lot, but I want to be a threat off the bounce and off my catches, off pin-downs, dribble handoffs where I can get downhill and create ball screens, and just being more aggressive in transition. Stuff like that, offensively. Obviously, I’ll work on my body and continue to get stronger. Overall, I’m just continuing to be an all-around player, which I’ve always prided myself on; doing everything well. I’m not just a shooter. I’m not just a shooting guard. I play both positions. I can do anything a coach needs me to do. That’s what I pride myself on, so I’ve been working on rounding out the rest of my game that maybe wasn’t showcased as much this year because I was in a different role.
In his first year in the NBA, Shamet experienced the exhilaration of betting on himself by leaving early and being drafted in the first round, earning a spot in the rotation for a title contender, then being blindsided by a trade in the middle of the season. “I learned really fast about what the business side of the NBA was like,” Shamet said. “I’m glad in hindsight it did all happen when it did this early in my career. Moving forward I don’t feel like there’s anything that’s going to hit me that I don’t know how to handle.”
Shamet delivered on the biggest stage, as it was his three-pointer with 16 seconds left in Game 2 of a first-round series against the Golden State Warriors that highlighted the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history, as the Clippers erased a 31-point deficit to win 135-131 at Oracle Arena on April 15. The next day, the Clippers’ front office had enlarged a picture of the shot and framed it for Shamet. “It was better being on the road because of the reaction,” Shamet said, grinning. “You can hear it and feel the energy get sucked out of the arena. I like moments like that when you’re on the road more and you can feel it in the arena. It was a really cool memory.”
Some of his health issues are out of his control. But not all of them. Embiid hasn’t kept himself in peak physical condition in the first few years of his NBA career. His diet is legendarily bad: Former 76ers rookie Landry Shamet said that he would pick up four cookies-and-cream milkshakes for Embiid every time they got on a plane on road trips. Embiid is a bona fide celebrity who enjoys the fame and nightlife that comes with being an NBA star. He doesn’t have the same body that he did as a 19-year-old at Kansas.
One of his most valuable assets is his versatility: Thompson is quick enough to defend point guards but powerful enough to hold his own against power forwards. His presence gives the Warriors flexibility in pick-and-roll situations, because he can switch onto pretty much anyone. “Everyone in the N.B.A. knows he’s going to guard,” said the Los Angeles Clippers’ Landry Shamet, a guard who was defended by Thompson for stretches of their first-round series. “Good feet. Good positioning. He’s longer than you expect, quicker than you expect — stronger, bigger. He has all the tools.”
“We are excited to welcome Wilson, Mike, and Landry to the L.A. Clippers. Wilson is a veteran player we have long respected for his toughness, versatility and leadership. His hard-nosed mentality will fit right in with the rest of this group,” said Frank. “Mike is a versatile big man who has the ability to shoot the ball and space the floor.”
Frank continued, “We have also admired Landry, a first round pick from Wichita State, since last year’s draft process. He has only justified expectations. Landry quickly earned a spot in the 76ers rotation and has been the most accurate three-point shooter in this year’s rookie class. In addition to Wilson, Mike, and Landry, we obtained multiple draft assets today that will be important building blocks as we continue to carry out our long-term plan — to construct a sustainable championship contender.”
“We are in the unique position to contend now and we think this trade positions us well for the postseason,” 76ers General Manager Elton Brand said. “Tobias is one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and possesses an innate ability to impact the game on both ends of the floor, while Boban and Mike provide valuable skillsets, size and depth to our team. All three players bring high character to our locker room and we are excited about their fit alongside Joel, Ben, Jimmy and our entire roster.”
Storyline: Boban Marjanovic Trade
Before Shamet was selected 26th overall by the 76ers, before he was traveling the country taking part in NBA workouts, he had to make the difficult decision to leave Wichita State. Teammate Fred VanVleet, who now plays for the Toronto Raptors and was a senior when Shamet was a freshman, took him under his wing as best he could. “Going through the whole draft process, he needed advice and someone to talk to about things and how to handle it,” VanVleet said. “First thing I told him was to leave, leave while he could. It’s a chance to change your life forever and change your family’s life forever. I told him to bet on himself.”
Not many rookies get to begin their NBA career by playing 20-plus minutes on a contending team. What has that been like and how much can you learn from an experience like this? Landry Shamet: I have to pinch myself and remind myself how lucky I am to be in the situation that I’m in. Not only am I a rookie playing on a contending team, I’m being trusted to play meaningful minutes. I’m also fortunate to have teammates who are begging me to shoot the ball and getting on me if I don’t shoot. I’m blessed and lucky to have ended up in this situation in Philly. Finding the right fit is huge during the NBA draft process and I couldn’t have found a more perfect fit than Philly so far. I’m learning a lot. You’re held to a certain standard when you’re on a team that’s trying to be one of the best in the East. I’m just trying to play my best basketball and trying to help the team reach all of our long-term goals.
The praise flows as easily as Williams’ mellow, yet genuinely caring demeanor. “He helped me so much through my first couple years,” said Anthony Davis, who was drafted no. 1 overall by New Orleans while Williams was the head coach there. Butler, meanwhile, first got to know Williams through their mutual involvement in USA Basketball, and had this to say: “The people part of it, that’s really where he’s key.” “He’s almost like a father figure in some ways,” said Sixers’ rookie Landry Shamet, who swiftly gravitated to Williams over the summer. “He’s just very good at keeping me sane, and even-keeled.”
One of the things I like about SpongeBob is that when you watch it now… Landry Shamet: It’s still hilarious. There’s stuff that you didn’t pick up on when you were a kid. Landry Shamet: Yeah, it’s stuff that’s kind of borderline inappropriate that flies over your head and like, it’s just funny. Do you still watch it today? Landry Shamet: Absolutely, yeah. Me and my best friend from college, we still send each other texts and GIFs and tweets. It’s stupid but you know, it’s what we do and we both are idiots and have dumb humor like that sometimes. So you know, it’s fun.
I read something pretty funny about you. Apparently during the pre-draft process, you had to do a staring contest against an NBA executive. Landry Shamet: I did. What was that like? Landry Shamet: It was my first interview, too. I was tripping. I was like, what in the hell is going on? It was like out of nowhere. We just got done talking about how I would fit and what I’d see my role being in the NBA and I’m like sweating, trying to be all serious and have good answers. And then out of nowhere, they hit me with a, “Do you want to do a staring contest?” I was like uhhhhh, yeah, sure, yeah, why not? So we did that. And then like five minutes later at the end of the conversation out of nowhere again he chimed in and said, “Do you want to do it again?” Like just out of nowhere, out of the blue.
Tucked away within one of the many pockets of tall residential and business buildings that dominate downtown Shenzhen, students at a school for the young children of migrant workers had plenty of reason to be happy. Sunday afternoon, on the eve of the NBA China Games finale, the 76ers helped open a brand new NBA Cares Learn & Play Education Center at the Lishan School. General Manager Elton Brand was on hand for the festivities, as were assistant coaches John Bryant and Kevin Young, and a half dozen players – Markelle Fultz, Jonah Bolden, Anthony Brown, Shake Milton, Mike Muscala, and Landry Shamet.
Brett Brown, interim 76ers general manager, apparently doesn’t believe in hitting singles. He’s all about swinging for the fences. Brown isn’t hoping to add a role player to help the team he coaches — he’s looking for a difference-maker to get the Sixers from 52 wins a year ago to a championship contender. He made that clear Thursday night during and after the NBA Draft, and again during Friday’s news conference introducing first-round picks Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet. “The whole notion of star hunting, star chasing, star development is at the forefront of everything we do,” Brown said. “I would just like to go there to admit it to all of us. The timeline is now.”
If all goes according to plan—B/R’s Jonathan Wasserman projects him to be selected early in the second round—Shamet will be the fourth player from Wichita State to make it to the NBA since 2014. And there’s reason to believe he could be one of the best-fitting prospects the program has produced. While he didn’t have many chances to showcase his athleticism while playing off the ball and firing into open spaces at Wichita State, he did show that he may be the draft’s best shooter. He shot 44.2 percent from three-point range last season, which could make him a prized asset in an NBA now built on floor spacing. And with a toughness that runs through the bloodlines of those recruited by the Shockers, it’s easy to see why Shamet should hear NBA Commissioner Adam Silver call his name on June 21.
Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith back tomorrow for another workout with Sixers – Knox’s will be solo session in the afternoon. Smith with: B.J. Johnson (La Salle) De’Anthony Melton (USC) Tyler Nelson (Fairfield) Malik Newman (Kansas) Landry Shamet (Wichita St)
Do you ever look at the league’s direction, with more spacing and switching, and get excited about your potential role? Landry Shamet: To be honest, the whole NBA discussion, the reality of it didn’t really set in until after my second year in college. We lost to Kentucky but I kinda played well, played against De’Aaron Fox. Obviously that’s been my dream but having realistic thoughts and ideas, thinking about the reality of it, didn’t happen until about a year ago. As far as where the game is going, it’s not only the NBA but college as well. You’re starting to see a lot of teams playing with multiple ball-handlers on the floor. Guys have to be able to stretch the floor now. Being a fan and watching basketball, you notice it. The way I play fits that mold. I do honestly feel positionless. I was recruited as a two-guard and transitioned in college to playing on the ball and initiating a lot of our offense, and now I’m in a situation where my versatility is going to be valuable in the NBA because I can play either position.
What convinced you to declare for the draft? Landry Shamet: There was a lot of variables. For one, just the confidence I have in myself to make something happen for myself. I’ve always trusted my gut. My gut has been telling me I should probably go do this for me and my family. I’ve had Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet in my corner. Fred told me something: basically, if you realize you’re a pro and you understand what you’re capable of, when you come to terms with the fact that the process might not go exactly how you want it to but you’re gonna make something happen for yourself, it’s an easy decision. There’s a couple alternatives and worst case scenarios with this process but I feel like I’m comfortable with them. Obviously, it’s a dream you have for a long time and being that it was a small window of opportunity, I kinda just wanted to grab it and attack it with two hands.
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