The No. 1 overall pick didn’t have a great preseason debut.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft made his preseason debut tonight.
It did not go very well.
Markelle Fultz, the top selection in this past summer’s draft, started for the Sixers tonight alongside Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Richaun Holmes.
Philadelphia lost to the Mike Conley and Marc Gasol-less Grizzlies, 110-89.
Fultz had a rough night.
The former Washington Huskies’ standout went 2 of 13 from the floor, going 0 of 3 from the 3-point line. He totaled 4 points, dished out 3 assists and grabbed 2 rebounds in 23 minutes. He turned the ball over once.
This is coming off the news that Fultz altered his shot this summer, which caused concern for Philadelphia’s head coach, Brett Brown.
Brett Brown reiterates he’s not comfortable with where Markelle Fultz’s jumper is, and that they’re going to work to return to previous form
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) October 1, 2017
There were some promising moments, like when Simmons, another former No. 1 pick who’s yet to play, made a nice dish to the fellow No. 1 pick, Fultz.
Simmons with the smooth dish to Markelle Fultz. pic.twitter.com/V59KqnMsIq
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) October 4, 2017
But it was a rough debut for Fultz, who has the added pressure of being not just a No. 1 overall pick, but a player the Sixers traded up to get, and someone who got taken ahead of Lonzo Ball.
Philadelphia’s next game is set for Friday against the Celtics.