Markelle Fultz Reportedly Changes Shooting Form Due To Shoulder Injury

Markelle Fultz Reportedly Changes Shooting Form Due To Shoulder Injury

Markelle Fultz Reportedly Changes Shooting Form Due To Shoulder Injury

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor also reported that Fultz's shoulder injury is effecting his shot.

Likewise, the vagueness with which Fultz described the injury is not promising.

The consensus for most of the offseason has been that Fultz looked to change his shot because his free throw shooting was bad.

ESPN's Mike Schmitz first brought Fultz's altered release point to everyone's attention in Sixers training camp.

In college, his free-throw percentage was just 64.9 percent, which is considered below average for a guard - and certainly so for a first overall draft pick. Fultz was a good shooter in college and likely didn't just forget how to let the ball go. Coach Brett Brown is less optimistic than Fultz.

Fast forward a few months and look at this ugly form from the charity stripe.

Fultz played in Monday's loss at the Boston Celtics. The playoffs might be a reasonable expectation in the depleted Eastern Conference, but even that is an issue given Fultz's fractured jump shot, Embiid's fragile state and Simmons being unable to hit anything outside of the paint in a league where floor spacers are mandatory.

No, and so we're gonna get back on track. He scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting, but Brown makes note of Fultz' inefficiency at the free throw line, where he went 2-for-5 during Monday's contest. "I just didn't feel like that was something I needed to do".

According to O'Connor, Fultz said his shoulder has been bothering him "on and off" for awhile and he "can't recall" when the pain begun.

"Yeah, for the most part". If anything, things may get more confusing, as Brad Stevens continues to try out different things, to get an idea of what it might look like before the regular season starts. "Every day I come in, we just talk to the trainers and do stuff for it and just get better". "I'm just out there hooping". "I'm just trying other things to make free throws. Its follow from his body", said the Sixers coach.

Per Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Fultz is doubtful for the Sixers' preseason game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday with soreness in his right knee. Given the Sixers roster's recent injury history, perhaps Philly fans should be more concerned about Fultz's health than they are over his shooting motion.

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