Described by his trainer, Drew Hanlen, as having the yips, Markelle Fultz essentially stopped shooting jumpers last season. Hanlen has posted offseason workout videos of Fultz without showing the 76ers guard’s jumper.
How does the former No. 1 pick’s shot look now?
We can finally see.
The Players Tribune:
There was a lot of things going about changing shots and all this and the third. But, for me, I’m a hooper. So I was like, man, this ain’t going to stop me.
People really didn’t understand. They thought, “He was just being soft. But it was really an injury. And now I got a chance to just sit down and pick apart all these doctors. We figured it out, and I’ve been back to work this summer. And everything’s back to even better than what it was.
Hanlen said Fultz will be All-Star next season if 100%. It’s hard to see that from this video.
Fultz’s shot looks way smoother than the glimpses we saw last year, but questions remain:
Is his release point too low and his mechanics too slow to get the shot off during NBA games? How he is he shooting off the dribble? Will he shoot confidently in real games?
This is clearly progress, but it’s only a small step toward Fultz getting back on the track of a No. 1 pick.