Season Preview: Denver Nuggets
Quietly, the Denver Nuggets have turned into an offensive juggernaut led by a budding superstar in center Nikola Jokic.
I don't need to remind everyone of how horrible it was watching prized rookie, Markelle Fultz, attempt to shoot anything last season. The former No.1 overall pick has been working to actually prove to the NBA and more importantly the 76ers, that he can become the star he was projected to be while in college.
As you can see in the video above, Fultz actually has a jump shot again. Markelle has been in the gym all summer with trainer Drew Hanlen to help bring him back to what he once was.
One of Markelle Fultz's strengths coming out of college was that he was a monster from deep. As a freshman he would go on to knock down 41.3% of his threes on an average of 5 attempts per game. His ability to pull up off the dribble from either direction made him a very special offensive weapon in college. Fultz's jumper in college was fluid, his release was high as well as quick, and there was no sign of any hitch in his entire jumper motion.
Here's a better look at that Player's Tribune video of Markelle shooting from deep.
A few important things to note:
While I'm not a fan of where his release point is now at, it's nice to see Fultz actually being able to shoot again.
As I said before, Fultz was a monster in college with a beautiful jump shot. Now it looks better, but the expectation to return to his college days is questionable. With his sophomore season quickly approaching, it's time for Fultz to prove he has confidence in a jump shot that was utterly broken his rookie year.
Markelle has a ton of tangibles that make him a great player. His ball handling is proven to be excellent, his slashing ability is fantastic, his size for a point guard is elite, an his defensive instincts are already pro; all he needs is to have a working jump shot.
If the 76ers get college level Markelle back, their trajectory sky rockets as they'd have a real star in the making next to Embiid and Simmons. If this reworked jump shot though doesn't return the offensive threat he once was back to reality, then there's still a lot more work to be done. Only time will tell.