The Eagle goes to Philly to explore Landry Shamet’s meteoric rise in NBA
Landry Shamet has already cemented himself and his team in NBA playoff history in his rookie season.
The former Wichita State star connected on a go-ahead three-pointer with 16 seconds remaining to highlight the biggest comeback in NBA playoff history, as the Los Angeles Clippers erased a 31-point deficit in beating the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors 135-131 late Monday night in Oakland, California.
On top of hitting the game’s biggest shot, Shamet, who finished with 12 points, also played some of his best defense of his young NBA career on Golden State’s sharpshooters, Klay Thompson and Steph Curry. Shamet also made an important tip-out on a rebound in the closing seconds to secure the victory for the Clippers.
When the Clippers trailed 94-63 with 7:31 remaining in the third quarter, they had a 0.01% chance of winning, according to ESPN.
Los Angeles completed the comeback when the Warriors double-teamed Lou Williams, who scored a team-high 36 points off the bench, on the wing. A pass to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander presented an open driving lane down the middle. As Gilgeous-Alexander drove, Shamet’s defender crashed down to stop the drive.
Shamet re-located to the right wing and drilled his fourth three-pointer of the game, giving the Clippers a 133-131 lead.
He finished with the fourth-most three-pointers for a NBA rookie with 167 on the second-best accuracy at 42.2 percent.
Shamet was drafted No. 26 overall in last June’s NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers after leaving Wichita State following his redshirt sophomore season, then was sent to the Clippers during the middle of the season. He came to Wichita State from Park Hill High School in Kansas City.