Markelle Fultz alarm bells starting early for 76ers

Aron Baynes

We Need To Talk About Markelle Fultz's Awkward New Free Throw Shooting Form

Fultz has mostly downplayed the injury, but Brown isn't buying it.

Fultz's free-throw mechanics have drastically changed from college, where he shot with a much more fluid motion, to the National Basketball Association.

Asked about it at the time by NBC Sports Philadelphia, the 19-year-old maintained that it would look the same this season in the National Basketball Association as it did in college, but that he was "just trying to look at different ways to see how the ball can go in the hoop".

The Boston Celtics have their second preseason meeting against the Philadelphia 76ers, and they will look to repeat the success they had in their first meeting.

The Ringer grabbed Fultz after he left the locker room on Monday, when the guard admitted that his shoulder issue persuaded him to change his mechanics.

"I wouldn't say it's making any effects on the floor, because I'm playing through stuff like that". 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. The No. 1 pick will only get better and at least he's healthy again. Simmons continues to make good reads to try and find open shooters, but the team knocked down just seven of their 25 three-point attempts. At the end of the day, that's not an excuse for me.

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. "I'm just out there hooping". "Its follow from his body", said the Sixers coach.

Three strong showings in the preseason were enough to catapult Simmons past Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith, who were previously Bovada's top two favorites. It's still early, but it looks like Fultz could struggle with his shooting percentages right out of the gate.

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