When the Philadelphia 76ers traded up to select Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the June draft, they probably did not anticipate that his pregame jump shots in February would represent major progress.
After recording a 47.6 field-goal percentage during his freshman year at Washington, the rookie point guard came to Philadelphia with messier shooting mechanics. The 19-year-old has not played a game since Oct. 23 because of a shoulder injury that may have altered his release.
"Honestly, I don't know where to start," an NBA executive told Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman in October. "This is mind-boggling. Who in the world told him to do anything like that? In college, he just shot 65 percent [on free throws]. It needed minor adjustments. This new thing is crazy, and a few weeks ago, he had an entirely different technique. Why change every time for the worse?"
Prior to the Sixers' game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday, NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt tweeted video of Fultz's improved shooting form.
According to Philly Voice's Kyle Neubeck, the 76ers have used virtual reality goggles to try to resolve Fultz's vexing struggles. Since his mechanics looked back to normal at Wells Fargo Center, perhaps Fultz will resume his path to a promising career.