Sixers’ rookie Marial Shayok says Tobias Harris helped him with NBA transition

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Marial Shayok singled out Tobias Harris as the teammate he helped him the most with the NBA transition. Shayok was ranked as one of the best players this season in the G-League, averaging 23 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

Furthermore, he set himself nicely for the 2020-21 season, as G-League is most likely done due to the coronavirus. Shayok talked to Cody Taylor of the Rookie Wire about his rookie season and the impact that Tobias Harris had on him.

“The vets on the team were really good at just making sure me and Matisse were good mentally. Especially Tobias, he kinda really took me under his wing when I first got here in the summer. I went at peace and just ready to work.”

Harris, an established veteran on the Sixers team, earned Shayok’s respect through his experiences and his work ethic.

“It slows everything down for you because you’re the rookie and he went through everything I went through, especially at this stage. It makes you feel a lot more confident hearing everything about what he went through and knowing he probably went through the same exact thing. It slows everything down and kinda puts you at ease.”

Now, Shayok, with the help of Tobias Harris, has to prepare himself for the next stage of his career as he will try to find his place on Philadelphia’s rotation next season.