The drought is over for Markelle Fultz.
With 6:55 left in the first quarter of the Philadelphia 76ers preseason game against the Orlando Magic, Fultz hit his first 3-pointer since being drafted with the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
He took a pass from Ben Simmons who drove to the rim in transition and found Fultz in the corner who hit the three.
Fultz nails the 3 👀 pic.twitter.com/JT9mkHeVcY
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2018
It was a great moment for Fultz who pumped his fist and for the fans who have been waiting a long time to see the progress he made over the summer.
No fear shooting
Perhaps even more encouraging than the made three was his willingness to shoot.
Fultz missed his first 3-pointer of the game but wasn’t deterred from shooting the rest of the game.
He went 5-for-12 in 24 minutes of action. Fultz went 1-for-4 from the 3-point line.
“Those are the shots I’ve been working on all summer and my confidence was fine,” Fultz said.
It’s an encouraging sign since his didn’t attempt a three against the National Basketball League’s Melbourne United on Sept. 28.
There is still room for improvement for Fultz’s jump shot. Sometimes it appears he is pushing the ball and his release seems slow.
But his willingness to shoot should be noted. We certainly didn’t see that last season.
Fultz must be willing to take perimeter shots if he is to replace J.J. Redick in the starting rotation. Head coach Brett Brown is showing confidence in him, and it’s a good thing to see.
Simmons is at his best when creating shots for others, and Fultz must be ready to shoot when open. Otherwise the starting rotation will not be as effective as last season.
Better shooting form and more confidence: Exactly what the 76ers were hoping for entering a highly-anticipated season.
Now it’s on to China for a couple of preseason games against the Dallas Mavericks.
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