After a robust preseason debut, 2017 No. 1 total draft decide Markelle Fultz stated he feels assured and wholesome heading into his second NBA season.
“Bodily I really feel nice, and mentally I really feel nice,” Fultz stated in an interview with NBA TV after the Philadelphia 76ers’ win over Australia’s Melbourne United of their preseason opener. “I put in lots of hours this summer season to stand up reps of going by means of a complete bunch of various conditions. So coming in I really feel completely effective, I am assured. I really feel nice coming in, and I am simply trying ahead to constructing each day.”
Fultz began alongside 2018 Rookie of the 12 months Ben Simmons on Friday night time and had 14 factors and 4 assists in 23 minutes. He made a 17-foot leap shot — his longest try of the sport — and recorded a chase-down block and two steals towards Melbourne.
“It was unbelievable. Simply actually tried to construct off of final season,” stated Fultz, who missed most of his rookie season with a shoulder harm. “I put in lots of work this summer season. Tried to get again on the market and simply be a competitor actually. It felt actually good.”
Previous to the sport, head coach Brett Brown advised reporters that he wasn’t totally dedicated to enjoying Fultz within the beginning lineup within the common season, but it surely was one thing that Brown needed to watch in the course of the preseason.
Fultz changed JJ Redick within the beginning lineup on Friday. Redick has began each common season recreation he has appeared in over the earlier 4 NBA seasons.
Fultz didn’t begin a recreation as a rookie. He was restricted to simply 14 regular-season video games because of a mysterious shoulder harm that impacted his shot.
Fultz stated the shoulder ailment was totally healed over the summer season. He additionally spent vital time engaged on his shot with coach Drew Hanlen.
“It was lots of work, [but] initially, I needed to get wholesome. [The shoulder injury] was the principle factor that stopped me from doing what I used to be doing in school coming in [to the NBA],” Fultz stated.
Fultz’s shoulder harm confounded the Sixers final season. Whereas recovering from the preliminary proper shoulder harm in October, Fultz was recognized with a scapular imbalance. The harm took longer to heal than initially anticipated. As late as final February, the guard was unable to shoot from past 15 ft with sound mechanics or rhythm.
So his made discipline aim from 17 ft on Friday was a optimistic signal. Three of Fultz’s first 4 made discipline targets on Friday had been assisted by Simmons. Simmons didn’t help Fultz in any respect final season.
ESPN’s Ian Begley contributed to this report.