Markelle Fultz has the ‘yips’ shooting free throws
Sixers shooting guard Markelle Fultz has shown a lot of promise through the early stages of his NBA career. However, the former No. 1 overall pick often struggles from the free-throw line.
During the third quarter of Friday night’s 133-132 overtime victory over the Charlotte Hornets, Fultz attempted a baseline dunk, but he was fouled. The 20-year-old ball handler made his way to the charity stripe, then proceeded to shank on both attempts.
Fultz logged 23 minutes in Friday’s win, scoring just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field (3-of-6 from the free-throw line), five rebounds and four assists.
Though Fultz has struggled a bit with his shooting form, the Sixers are off to a great start to this season. In fact, Philly is currently holding an 8-5 overall record (2nd in the Atlantic Division). The Sixers improved to 7-0 at the Wells Fargo Center with Friday night’s win, which is their most home wins to start a season since 2002-03.
One Sixer who did not struggle from the free-throw line on Friday night was Joel Embiid, who went 14-for-16 from the stripe between the fourth quarter and overtime to help seal the victory. Embiid finished with a whopping 42 points and 18 rebounds.
“That’s my job,” Embiid told ESPN, referring to his free-throw shooting. “I’ve got to step up when there’s an opportunity.”
The Sixers will be back in action on Saturday night, when they’ll travel to Memphis for a match-up against the Grizzlies. Tip-off inside FedExForum is set for 8:00 p.m. EST.