Despite the bad season prior for Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, things may be looking up for him in year two. According to an article from Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers youngster spent a lot of offseason work with shooting coach Drew Hanlen in Los Angeles.
“I just had to figure out what worked for me. There was a lot of trial-and-error stuff. I found out what clicked. I’m happy with it, and I’m just going to keep working every day to get better.”
The first overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft was expected to make an impact in the league immediately. So much was expected from him, that the Sixers felt the need to move two first rounders to the Boston Celtics just to surely acquire his talents.
There was no blaming them as he had an astonishing college year for the Washington Huskies, averaging 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists while shooting 41 percent from the 3-point line.
Gifted with the ability to attack the rim with shifty footwork and good handles, paired with a 3-point stroke that easily translates to the NBA, Fultz was the real deal.
Unfortunately, his leap to the NBA did not translate to any measure of success. Last season, there were headlines and speculations around the league about a lingering shoulder injury or the possible case of “yips” that hampered his shooting and eventually his playing. He got shut down almost the entirety of the season, playing only 14 games for the Sixers.
We may get to see a positively confident Markelle Fultz this upcoming season with a new and improved jump shot. For what it’s worth for the Sixers, Fultz finding his lost shot might just be what they need for the playoff success that they are gearing for in 2018-19.