Sixers coach Brett Brown wants Markelle Fultz to go hard at the rim without holding anything back
Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown has been the ultimate proponent of the development of Markelle Fultz, quickly making the change to start him at shooting guard after an injury-marred season and a history of shooting woes during his rookie year. The faith hasn’t stopped, as the Sixers coach has encouraged the second-year guard to not hold anything back when it comes to his aggression to score.
“Go like you’re going to get 50, go like you’re going to dunk everything and then the world will make sense,” Brown told Fultz, according to Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “The game will speak to you… put your thumbprint on the rim.”
Fultz had one of his better games on Saturday, collecting 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal in 25 minutes against the Charlotte Hornets. Yet, he uber-athletic guard has yet to show a real penchant for scoring the ball, despite finishing sixth on the NCAA’s scoring list during his lone year at Washington before declaring for the NBA Draft.
The 20-year-old has yet to put his thumbprint on the rim or on the starting lineup, as the Sixers have gotten off to a 3-3 start to the season and struggled to show the dominance they were expected to have in a wide-open Eastern Conference.
Many argue veteran J.J. Redick would be better suited for the starting lineup due to his renowned shooting abilities, but Brown is giving Fultz this chance in hopes to accelerate his development and make him the third star player of this Sixers lineup.
Markelle Fultz surely has the potential, but he will have to start proving his coach right in the near future before more questions are raised of his ability as a starter.