Markelle Fultz listed among biggest snubs from NBA’s Top 100 list

Markelle Fultz has time to show what he can be to Philadelphia 76ers fans and the rest of the NBA.

Fultz, the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was left off Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 players of 2019. The top 10 was released Thursday morning, and the list saw five Sixers players make it. Joel Embiid headlined the group, coming in at No. 9.  Ben Simmons (No. 26), Robert Covington (No. 48), Dario Saric (No. 54) and JJ Redick (No. 62) were the other four Sixers players on the list.

Fultz, 20, played in 14 regular season games last season because he was out with a shoulder injury for most of the season. The injury seemingly hampered Fultz’s jump shot, and he didn’t shoot well when he began playing near the end of the regular season. He shot 40.5 percent from the field and averaged 7.1 points per game.

In turn, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver labeled Fultz as one of the biggest snubs, but one line from the analyst left plenty of reason for optimism.

Pegged as a lead guard who could score at all three levels, the 20-year-old Fultz didn’t hit a single three-pointer, hardly got to the line, and struggled to finish outside the basket area. Even so, the table is set for Fultz to reintroduce himself: He will have a clearly defined role, he will be surrounded by playoff talent, and he doesn’t need to carry a star’s burden on or off the court. Is he poised put his peculiar rookie odyssey behind him?

This summer he has worked on rebuilding his jumper with NBA player development specialist Drew Hanlen. Fultz has reportedly improved his jump shot over the summer, per Yahoo’s Jordan Schultz.

Fultz isn’t projected to be in the Sixers’ starting lineup for this upcoming season, but if he can score well off the bench, his role could be paramount for the Sixers’ success.

Though Fultz was left off Sports Illustrated’s list, this season could be the one where he shows more of his potential.

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