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Brett Brown Thinks Markelle Fultz's Shoulder Injury Is Affecting His Shot

The number one pick shot 65 percent from the charity stripe in college, which is not great for a guard but it's certainly not very bad either. The most complimentary draft comparisons likened his game to James Harden's.

Shooting just 29.2 percent in two games, Fultz has experimented with new shooting mechanics while rehabbing his shoulder. On this terrible free throw attempt, Fultz looked like he was pushing the ball out in front of him. Against the Celtics, Fultz ignored his lower-half of his body and opted to raise the ball above his shoulders and flick free throws with mostly his wrists.

Two weeks ago, Sixers head coach Brett Brown hinted that he wasn't keen on Fultz's new form and urged him to stick to what was working. Fultz is shooting free throws like he's Shaq - not in that he missed, in that putting the ball up there and launching it was how Shaq shot free throws. It's far out from his body.

The most important thing for the franchise, however, is to get their young stars such as Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid healthy. At the end of the day, that's not an excuse for me.

The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor also reported that Fultz's shoulder injury is effecting his shot. As a result, Embiid was sidelined in the Sixers' first three preseason games. In his second game, he shot 5-of-11 for 12 points on a bevy drives to the hoop. He's 0 for 3 from three and 7 for 18 (39 percent) from the line. But, as he continues to deal with shoulder soreness, Fultz has struggled with his shot.

The larger concern is how long that will take and if it messes with his shooting form long-term. But with the National Basketball Association season approaching and Fultz's shoulder perhaps hurting more than he's letting on, the Sixers should be concentrated on getting him healthy and back into rhythm.



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