Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter JJ Reddick is tired about all the obsession about Markelle Fultz’s jumper. The rookie is still struggling to get into the rotation.
The overall No. 1 pick in the 2017-2018 NBA Draft was sidelined for the first months into the season due to a shoulder injury. The injury reportedly forced him to alter his jump shot, and now analysts are saying that it is broken.
Talking to reporters after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans, 100-82, on Friday, Reddick said that Fultz has been working so hard in order to regain his play for the Washington Huskies back in college, which made him the consensus overall top pick.
“I understand that fans want to see his progress, but this is maybe going to [be] a longer process than we all hoped for,” he said. “He may be back on the court soon. I don’t know. That’s not my thing.”
In four games this season, the 19-year-old is averaging 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting just 33.3% from the field. That’s a huge drop-off from his college averages where he shot 47.6% from the field and 41.3% from three. This season, he hasn’t even attempted a shot from rainbow country which speaks volumes about his confidence.
For the Washington Huskies, he averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
“I don’t get the coming in here every day to like watch him shoot pull-up jumpers,” Reddic said. “That’s a little obsessive.”
Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo appeared to have shut down Fultz for the season after just four games. There’s no word yet on when he’s coming back.
But Reddick said that Fultz has the full support of his teammates, as well as the entire Sixers organization. A video clip of the rookie point guard made its way on social media showing how his jump shot was drastically different from his jump shot back in college.