Shake Milton: Early Life, NBA, Family & Net Worth

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Shake Milton, aka Malik Benjamin Milton, is an American professional basketball player who plays as a shooting guard for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Milton, the Georgia native, played professional basketball at Owasso High School and SMU.

During his high school career, the shooting guard earned numerous honors. The awards committee named him Tulsa World Player of the Year, Oklahoma Super 5 Player of the Year, and Oklahoma Coaches Association ALL-STATE.

Shake Milton, The Shooting Guard For The Philadelphia 76ers
Shake Milton, The Shooting Guard For The Philadelphia 76ers (Source: The Sixer Sense)

In his college career, he was a member of the US Select Team for the Goodwill Tour in Croatia and was named AAC All-Rookie First Team and All-American Athletic Conference Second Team.

Milton started his NBA journey with the Philadelphia 76ers even though the Dallas Mavericks selected him with the 54th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

There is much more to know about Shake Milton, which we will discuss in this article. But before that, let’s dive into his quick facts:

Quick Facts

Full Name Malik Benjamin “Shake” Milton
Birth Date 26 September 1996
Birth Place Savannah, Georgia, United States
Nick Name Snipershake
Religion Christianity
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Education Owasso High School and Southern Methodist University
Horoscope Libra
Father’s Name Myron Milton
Mother’s Name Lisa Milton
Siblings 3
Age 27 Years Old
Height 6’5″/1.96 m/196 cm
Weight 93 Kg/205 lb.
Hair Color Dark Black
Eye Color Light Black
Build Muscular
Profession NBA Player
Professional Career Teams 2 Teams
Active Years in Basketball 7 Years
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Unmarried
Girlfriend’s Name Information Not Available
Net Worth $1 million
Salary $1 .9 million
Merch Trading Card
Social Media Twitter, Instagram
Last Update May 2024

Early Life, Parents, And Education

Malik Benjamin Milton was born on 26 September 1996 in Savannah, Georgia, to Myron Milton and Lisa Milton. His father, Myron, used to coach basketball at AAU.

Myron always wanted his son to become a basketball player and now Malik has achieved his dream.

But sadly, he was not able to see his son play in the NBA, as he passed away when Malik was about 11 years old.

Milton With His Father
Milton With His Father (Source: NBC Sports)

Myron had an abnormal enlargement of cardiomyopathy, a heart disease that causes heart complications to pump blood efficiently.

Shake’s mother, Lisa Milton, used to work in Savannah to fulfill her children’s needs. Milton has one brother, Myron Milton Jr., and two sisters, Terryn Milton and Valanette Amie.

In an interview with NBC Sports, she said, “When he (Malik) was inside my belly, the doctor asked about him, and I said the child shakes a little. So after that, we decided to put his nickname Shake.”

Education

Milton completed his primary level education from his hometown’s school. He started playing basketball for his school team as a small child.

The shooting guard moved to Owasso High School for further studies. After finishing high school in 2015, he committed to Southern Methodist University despite getting an invitation from the University of Oklahoma.

However, there is not much information available about his field of study.

Height, Weight, And Body Measurements

The professional basketball player is 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 meters) tall. He was born in 1996, which makes him 27 years old as of 2024.

Shake has a wingspan of 7 feet (2.13 meters), which is quite average for the players in the NBA.

Shake Milton Out And About
Shake Milton Out And About (Source: Instagram)

Malik Benjamin follows a proper diet plan, regularly exercises to maintain his physique, and currently weighs around 93 kg (205 pounds).

Career

Milton played basketball for the school’s team during his childhood. After seeing his potential, his father decided to join him at Owasso High School, where he could improve his skills.

At Owasso, Shake played for three seasons, and in his senior year, he logged an average of 29.7 points and 4.4 assists per game. This record was quite an impressive one for a high school player.

During his time with his high school team, he received the Gatorade Player of the Year awards and was named Tulsa World Player of the Year, Oklahoma Super 5 Player of the Year, and Oklahoma Coaches Association ALL-STATE.

College Career

In 2016, Milton moved to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, and played for the Mustangs. He played his debut for the team in a match against Oklahoma University’s team.

Shake earned AAC All-Rookie First Team in his first season after logging an average of 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 30 games.

Shake Milton During His College Career
Shake Milton During His College Career (Source: Sports Illustrated)

Furthermore, Milton traveled to Croatia with the US Select Team in a Goodwill Tour to play friendly basketball in 2016.

In his second season, Milton played 35 games and recorded an average of 13.0 points, 4.5 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. He also made the All-American Athletic Conference Second Team as a sophomore.

The following season, he averaged 18.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game and made it to the All-AAC Second Team.

NBA Career

After performing impressively in college basketball, the Dallas Mavericks drafted Milton as the 54th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

However, the Mavericks traded him with the Philadelphia 76ers for the rights to the 56th pick, Ray Spalding, and the 60th pick, Kostas Antetokounmpo.

After that, Milton signed a two-way contract with the 76ers and started playing for their G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats.

Shake Milton During A Game
Shake Milton During A Game (Source: Instagram)

Milton debuted in the NBA on 30 November 2018, in a game against the Washington Wizards, and scored five points and provided two assists.

Milton appeared in 20 games that season and had an average of 4.4 points per game, 0.9 assists, and 1.8 rebounds.

The 2019-20 season started on a good note as he signed a four-year deal with the 76ers. However, he missed the early game due to his injury.

He made his first career start on January 25, 2020, against the Los Angeles Lakers. In March 2020, he scored a career-high 39 points in a 136-130 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Milton is not performing well since the 2021-22 season, as he has just managed to maintain an average of 8.2 points that season and 8.5 points per game in the following season.

NBA Career Stats

Year GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Career 241 43 20.7 .457 .367 .822 2.4 2.6 0.5 0.2 9.4

Girlfriend, Personal Life, And Hobbies

Shake Milton is not dating anybody and is currently single. However, the critics said he had been in at least one relationship in the past.

The NBA player seems like he is not planning to have a girlfriend at the moment, as he is just starting his professional career and wants to focus on his career.

Moreover, Benjamin is busy with the gameplay and has much to prove. As a busy player, it is tough to meet the love of his life – at least for now.

Shake Milton While He Was Fishing
Shake Milton While He Was Fishing (Source: Instagram)

Malik Benjamin happily lives with his mother in his house, so he doesn’t feel lonely. He spends more time with his mother and takes care of her.

Besides, he likes reading new books, swimming, exercising, etc. He also goes trekking alone and enjoys fishing.

Talking about his favorite food, Benjamin’s favorite food is Italian and he loves to eat noodles and spaghetti.

Salary And Net Worth

Milton is one of the highest-paid players on the team. He currently earns around $1.9 million as a salary with the 76ers.

After signing a two-way contract with the team in 2018, he inked a 3-year/$4.99 million deal, including a club option for 2022.

In his first season, he bagged around $1.3 million and apparently earned more in the later seasons.

By calculating his total earning from his professional basketball career so far and considering some endorsement deals, Milton’s net worth might be around $1 million as of 2024.

Milton doesn’t like to show his lavish life. Instead, he likes to keep things simple. That’s why Shake’s fans love him very much.

Social Media Presence

Milton uses social media platforms to connect with his fans. He shares travel diaries, some snippets of the game, and replies to his fans on Instagram.

But his Twitter is different. It is filled with basketball diaries. Besides, Milton has no Facebook account.

Further, Shake supported the BlackLivesMatter protest, which was triggered by the death of George Floyd. As an African-American, he also felt to pay his condolences.

He is available on Instagram under the handle @snipershake and Twitter @SniperShake.

Instagram: 70k followers

Twitter: 27.7k followers

Popularity

After a successful collegiate career, he started his NBA career and along the way gained many fans and well-wishers.

Shake Milton's Popularity Graph
Shake Milton’s Popularity Graph (Source: Google Trends)

The above graph gives brief information about the popularity of Shake Milton based on Google searches in the United States over a year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Shake Milton live?

Milton currently resides in Philadelphia with his family.

Did Shake Milton sustain an injury?

Currently, the basketball player is not injured. However, he has suffered from ankle, knee, hip, and finger injuries.

Where did Milton play before joining the 76ers?

The Philadelphia 76ers is the only team he has played for in the NBA so far. He played collegiate basketball for the Southern Methodist University's Mustangs.

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