Sixers second-year guard Markelle Fultz had one of the strangest rookie seasons in recent memory. The former No. 1 overall pick only played in 14 games last year with the Sixers due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder and lost all confidence in his shot.
Markelle Fultz worked out with renowned shooting coach Drew Hanlen over the summer. Hanlen said he rebuilt Fultz’s jump shot. Through 11 games this season, Fultz is shooting 39.3 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 9.3 points.
However, Sunday night against the Brooklyn Nets, Fultz badly missed a wide-open 3-pointer from the left-wing and his shot just looked ugly. Take a look:
This fultz 3 was …. BAD pic.twitter.com/UDLoV4ZiBm
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) November 5, 2018
Drew Hanlen started getting heat from Twitter fans on Sunday, and in a now deleted tweet, the trainer says Markelle Fultz still isn’t healthy:
— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) November 5, 2018
This is just bad. When the Sixers drafted 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 Fultz.
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 Fultz.
Tatum averaged 13.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 80 regular-season games 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 Fultz is still trying to find his place in the league.