Philadelphia 76ers second-year guard Markelle Fultz’s shot just keeps looking uglier and uglier, and it’s really sad to see. When the Sixers selected Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the prevailing thought was he was going to be the franchise point guard for years to come and the third piece of the team’s Big 3 alongside Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
So far, that hasn’t been the case with Markelle Fultz, who had one of the weirdest rookie seasons in recent memory and his sophomore season hasn’t been much better.
Monday night against the Miami Heat, Markelle Fultz had a double-hitch in his shot at the free-throw line. It’s fair to say that this kid definitely has the yips.
This is worse than we have ever seen Fultz's free throw form look. pic.twitter.com/FhCYpNpd5b
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 13, 2018
Markelle Fultz played in just 14 games last season due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder. The injury was so bad that Fultz apparently forgot how to shoot the ball and lost confidence in his entire game.
To make things even worse, the third overall pick in the 2017 draft, small forward Jayson Tatum, had an amazing rookie season with the Boston Celtics. The Sixers traded the No. 3 pick to Boston to move up to No. 1 to select Markelle Fultz.
Tatum averaged 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 80 regular-season games last year while shooting 47.5 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from beyond the arc. He has superstar potential written all over him, while Markelle Fultz is still trying to find his place in the league.
You have to feel bad for Markelle Fultz. He was a special and fun player to watch in college. He looks like a completely different player now.