The most fascinating story of this season is the No. 1 overall pick from the 2017 NBA Draft suddenly having a jump shot broken to the point of apparent disrepair and being unplayable because of it.
Markelle Fultz appeared in four games to start the season prior to the Sixers shutting him down due to “muscle soreness” and a “scapular muscle imbalance,” forcing him out indefinitely in late October. Two and a half months later, Fultz is back with the team, but doesn’t appear close to a return to game action as his jump shot remains completely broken.
The timeline of Fultz’s jump shot deteriorating into a complete mess began with a tweak that, allegedly, accounted for his injured shoulder. He then completely stopped shooting from the perimeter and began pushing free throw attempts at the rim. After four games of that, he was shut down and video emerged of him shooting left handed shots. Following that video being passed around the internet, we didn’t see Fultz on the Sixers practice court for two months. After some minor optimism from video of 1-on-1 drills from Fultz surfaced, things got worse after recent footage of his jumper from London revealed that things had not improved.
Now, we have better, clearer video of Fultz hoisting jumpers from Philadelphia’s practice on Sunday, and it’s almost unfathomable how bad his shot looks.