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Haywood Highsmith, Shake Milton Become Latest to Play in G League and NBA on Same Day

By Jake Winderman | January 9, 2019

On Tuesday, Philadelphia 76ers two-way players Haywood Highsmith and Shake Milton became the 25th and 26th players in NBA history to play in both an NBA game and an NBA G League game in the same day. Jordan Farmar was the first player to achieve this feat in 2007 with the Los Angeles Lakers and then-Los Angeles D-Fenders (now South Bay Lakers). Current NBA players Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, Yogi Ferrell and Ivica Zubac followed in his footsteps in later seasons — and most recently, the Spurs’ Drew Eubanks did so on Saturday.

Players to Play in G League & NBA Game on Same Day
Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles D-Fenders/Los Angeles Lakers – April 1, 2007
Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles D-Fenders/Los Angeles Lakers – April 3, 2007
Justin Williams, Dakota Wizards/Sacramento Kings – April 6, 2007
Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles D-Fenders/Los Angeles Lakers – April 12, 2007
Coby Karl, Los Angeles D-Fenders/Los Angeles Lakers – February 19, 2008
Donald Sloan, Erie BayHawks/Cleveland Cavaliers – March 27, 2013
Peyton Siva, Fort Wayne Mad Ants/Detroit Pistons – November 22, 2013
Tyshawn Taylor, Maine Red Claws/Brooklyn Nets – November 22, 2013
Tyshawn Taylor, Maine Red Claws/Brooklyn Nets – November 24, 2013
Solomon Jones, Erie BayHawks/Orlando Magic, December 6, 2013
Lorenzo Brown, Delaware 87ers/Philadelphia 76ers, January 27, 2014
Troy Daniels, Rio Grande Valley Vipers/Houston Rockets, April 12, 2014
Joe Harris, Canton Charge/Cleveland Cavaliers, January 21, 2015
Cleanthony Early, Westchester Knicks/New York Knicks, December 2, 2015
Chris McCullough, Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets, November 23, 2016
Chris McCullough, Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets, November 27, 2016
Yogi Farrell, Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets, December 1, 2016
Chris McCullough, Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets, December 1, 2016
Bruno Caboclo, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, December 20, 2016
Fred VanVleet, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, December 20, 2016
Ivica Zubac, Los Angeles D-Fenders/Los Angeles Lakers, January 14, 2017
Chris McCullough, Long Island Nets/Brooklyn Nets, February 13, 2017
Okaro White, Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat, March 4, 2017
Okaro White, Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat, March 12, 2017
Jakob Poeltl, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, March 13, 2017
Pascal Siakam, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, March 13, 2017
Okaro White, Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat, March 15, 2017
Okaro White, Sioux Falls Skyforce/Miami Heat, March 28, 2017
Damyean Dotson, Westchester Knicks/New York Knicks, November 29, 2017
Alfonzo McKinnie, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, December 5, 2017
Lorenzo Brown, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, December 5, 2017
Lorenzo Brown, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, January 11, 2018
Malcolm Miller, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, January 11, 2018
Lorenzo Brown, Raptors 905/Toronto Raptors, January 13, 2018
Drew Eubanks, Austin Spurs/San Antonio Spurs, January 5, 2019
Shake Milton, Delaware Blue Coats/Philadelphia 76ers, January 8, 2019
Haywood Highsmith, Delaware Blue Coats, Philadelphia 76ers, January 8, 2019

Highsmith and Milton started their day victorious with the Delaware Blue Coats and ended it with a win with the Philadelphia 76ers. NBAGLeague.com takes you through Highsmith and Milton’s hectic, but triumphant day in Philadelphia.

11:00 AM ET: Raptors 905-Delaware Blue Coats Game

In a mid-morning matinee, the Delaware Blue Coats hosted Raptors 905 at the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia 76ers, with both Haywood Highsmith and Shake Milton on their roster and ready to go. Highsmith started the day as an unsigned prospect, eligible for any NBA team to sign, but would end it in a way he could never imagine. Having spent time in both the NBA G League and NBA on a two-way contract, Milton prepared himself for another day at the office, knowing at any moment he could be transferred back to the 76ers and playing on the NBA stage.

Milton had himself a game in the City of Brotherly Love, dropping 33 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds, sinking 12 of 18 shots from the field. Highsmith had a quiet, but productive outing, totaling 7 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. The Blue Coats came away with a 119-108 win over the Eastern Conference’s third-best team.

3:07 PM ET: Highsmith Officially Signs Two-Way Contract

About two hours after the Blue Coats had wrapped up their contest with Raptors 905, Highsmith received life-changing news. The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they’d signed him to a two-way contract, making him the first player in Wheeling Jesuit University (Division II) history to make an NBA roster. Excitement turned to elation when it was announced that Highsmith would be available for the 76ers on Tuesday night in their matchup with the Washington Wizards at the same place he’d started his morning, the Wells Fargo Center.

7:00 PM ET, Washington Wizards-Philadelphia 76ers Game

With two minutes and 22 seconds left in the 1st quarter, Shake Milton entered the game for the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the 25th player in NBA history to play in both an NBA and NBA G League game on the same day. Just 35 seconds later, Milton would find former 76ers assignee Jonah Bolden for a turnaround jumper, starting his night on the stat sheet.

Highsmith spent the first three and a half quarters watching the 76ers from the bench, enjoying his first NBA game from the best seats in the house. With 5:14 left in the 4th quarter, Highsmith had his number called and would sub in for T.J. McConnell, becoming the 26th player in NBA history to play in both an NBA and NBA G League game on the same day. One minute and 34 seconds after checking in, Highsmith knocked down his first NBA shot, a triple, on a pass from his Blue Coats teammate from earlier in the day, Shake Milton.

By the end of the day, Shake Milton had played a combined 57 minutes of NBA and NBA G League basketball. He charted 37 minutes with the Delaware Blue Coats in the morning and 20 minutes with the 76ers at night, tallying 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Highsmith played a combined 38 minutes on Tuesday, notching 33 minutes with the Blue Coats and 5 minutes with the 76ers. The Division II product’s first NBA stat line included 3 points and 1 assist on 1-of-2 shooting from the field.

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