The 76ers are focusing on fixing Markelle Fultz's broken jump shot.
Philadelphia selected the 20-year-old guard with the No.1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but Fultz struggled with injuries and a hitch in his jumper throughout his rookie season.
Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters Friday that Fultz is working to improve his shooting form.
“(Fultz) is not doing much playing right now,” Brown said (via the Philadelphia Inquirer) “The effort has been his shot…It’s back to foundational type stuff.”
The 76ers finished last season with a 52-30 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. Philadelphia topped the Heat in its opening-round series before falling to the Celtics in five games.
Fultz averaged 7.1 points per game and attempted a single 3-pointer in just 14 regular season appearances. He fell out of Philadelphia’s playoff rotation, totaling 23 minutes in three postseason games.
Brown said Fultz looks great physically, but he’s not sure if he will play in the upcoming summer league.
“I think when you look at what’s most important, what thing needs the most work, it’s that (his shooting),” Brown told reporters. “I don’t really want to pivot out of that if we think it’s going to hurt a very elementary way we’re going about reclaiming his shot. That is on my mind when you start talking about summer leagues and time frames and playing, all of that.”The 76ers added a pair of guards, Texas Tech’s Zhaire Smith and Wichita State’s Landry Shamet, in the first round of Thursday’s draft.