Now that Fultz is struggling with his jump shot, his expected role in the offense may need to change.
What a difference a month can make for Sixers’ rookie Markelle Fultz. Just a few weeks removed from being selected with the No. 1 overall pick, Fultz was standing out in Utah and Las Vegas summer league play. He lulled defenders to sleep with his dribble hesitation moves, and letting contested jump shots fly with little hesitation. Of course, summer league’s not a great indicator of how a player’s NBA career will end up going, but Fultz undoubtedly looked the part of a top overall pick.
After a month back home in Maryland, Fultz returned to the Sixers practice facility in early September, and his shot looked noticeably different, particularly at the free throw line. As a 64.9 percent free throw shooter during his time at Washington, Fultz’s shot certainly needed some tweaking. What he came back with for training camp was a complete overhaul, and not a pretty one.
Markelle Fultz’s current free throw form. Not pretty! Made both. pic.twitter.com/aDvjzQI0Dr
— Jake Pavorsky (@JakePavorsky) October 1, 2017
In the preseason, it managed to get even worse. Fultz continued to tweak it during the Sixers’ second preseason loss to the Celtics, changing his form multiple times when at the line.
Small sample size, but Markelle Fultz is shooting just 29.2% from the floor and 40% on FT’s this preseason.
More concerning is his form: pic.twitter.com/FzZSTsRZhh
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) October 10, 2017
One of the reasons for the originally inexplicable change could be a shoulder ailment. The injury forced him to miss the team’s second preseason game, and he returned to action on Monday sporting KT Tape on his right shoulder.
“I think [his shoulder] is affecting him more than he …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time Sports