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Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has rebuilt his jump shot and is a completely different player now, according to a report from Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports.
Fultz has been training in Los Angeles this summer with shooting coach Drew Hanlen. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft had a strange rookie season. He was sidelined most of the year with scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder.
Palpable buzz is building around #76ers guard Markelle Fultz. One league source privy to Fultz's workouts w/famed hoops trained Drew Hanlen tells me Fultz's jumper is rebuilt and that a result, the 20-year-old guard is a completely different, vastly improved player.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) July 22, 2018
Fultz played in just 14 games during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 40.5 percent from the field.
Hanlen said earlier this offseason that Fultz had the case of the yips, which played a big part in Fultz’s unorthodox shooting mechanics this past season.
“With Markelle, obviously he has one of the most documented cases of kind of the yips of basketball in recent years, where he completely forgot how to shoot and had multiple hitches in his shot,” Hanlen said. “So for me it was, ‘Hey listen, how can I get this kid that was No. 1 in last year’s draft back rolling and get him to the point where he was before, if not better?’
“We’ve been working hard every day, working on rewiring his body and getting a kind of smooth stroke back into his shot. We’re way ahead of pace where I thought we were going to be, I thought it was going to take me at least six weeks before we had kind of a serviceable jump shot, and we’re already starting to shoot with a jump in Week 2.”
Fultz put on a show in his lone year of college basketball at the University of Washington. The 6-foot-4 combo guard averaged 23.2 points and 5.9 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from three.
The Sixers are hoping Fultz can regain his confidence and shooting stroke. He could be a big addition to a team that is expected to be one of the top three squads in the Eastern Conference.