Markelle Fultz’s three-point attempt with time expiring in the third quarter of his Philadelphia 76ers’ Wednesday victory over the Detroit Pistons might be the most promising brick in NBA history.
FULTZ TOOK A 3 pic.twitter.com/xCVZmkfyoG
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) April 5, 2018
Yes, it was way the hell off. But considering the journey Fultz’s jumper has traveled over the past year, it should terrify opponents that he’s even willing to attempt a three-ball.
Back in college, Fultz’s jumper — despite a slowish release and a slight hitch — went in 41.3 percent of the time on a hefty five attempts per game.
Then it practically disappeared, and whether that was the result of his recent shoulder injury or his recent shoulder injury was the result of his trying a new jump shot, only Fultz knows.
Either way, Fultz is six games into a return from the injury that kept him out for five months following the first four games of Philly’s season, and he’s shown he’s still got everything that made him the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, save for that three-pointer.
Driving and dishing.
— NBA (@NBA) April 3, 2018
Driving and finishing himself.
Reeeealllly nice finish through 2 defenders from fultz pic.twitter.com/VL6s7NXupS
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) March 31, 2018
Posterizing helpless defenders.
FULTZ YOOOOOO pic.twitter.com/GFfNzig9v0
— Michael Gallagher (@MikeSGallagher) March 31, 2018
Flashing defensive tools.
Nice defense from Fultz. pic.twitter.com/gzanqWj4Er
— Dave DuFour (@DaveDuFourNBA) March 27, 2018
And even hitting the stepback two-pointer.
— Rob Hodge (@RobHodge) April 4, 2018
Months ago, we weren’t even sure whether Fultz was suffering from the yips, a mental block preventing him from even attempting a three-pointer.
But if he can bring his deep jumper back even to respectability, the 76ers will have yet another young star in a lineup that’s getting more terrifying by the game.