Markelle Fultz made the first three-point shot of his career in garbage time of a 127-108 win over the Chicago Bulls, and it felt magical. The 2017 No. 1 pick, who had the “yips” or a shoulder injury or both last season, seemingly lost his ability to shoot at random. But it’s been found again — kinda — and Sixers fans rejoiced in the moment.
Fultz pulls up from long distance and DRAINS IT.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 19, 2018
The cheers from the Philly faithful says it all. pic.twitter.com/OcXJIpHk9P
Twitter loved it too:
Oh my god Fultz not only shot a pull up 3 pointer but made it too. God damn what a time to be alive— The Process (@CoolGuyPGH) October 19, 2018
Fultz made a 3 fultz made a 3 everybody stay calm!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/cNBOeEcsF9— Jake Smith (@jaketsmitty) October 19, 2018
If Markelle Fultz can hit a 3 pointer, then you all can survive ur midterms mmkay no excuses.— Zach Molina (@guacamolina_) October 19, 2018
Fultz hit a 3. An angel died.— Nirstradamus (@TheEndIsNir) October 19, 2018
Fultz just made a 3 pointer... the Philly streets are gonna be the same way they were after the super bowl tonight— Cam (@cksearcy1) October 19, 2018
Fultz took two legitimate attempts from beyond the arc (a third was a chuck from halfcourt before the buzzer) and while his form still doesn’t look like it did at the University of Washington, it’s competent enough to go through the net. That’s progress!
Sixers fans have made an effort to cheer on their struggling young player. The crowd rose to its feet when he made a mid-range jumper earlier in the night.
Fultz Fultz Fultz— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 19, 2018
A quick pair for Fultz and the crowd is doing that very very familiar chant.... pic.twitter.com/qvwpf6SnXc
It was a solid night for the 20-year-old, and one of the first we saw a glimpse of improvement in. He scored 12 points on 15 shots with five assists, and coach Brett Brown let him run for most of the second half.
The Sixers might finally have something with their No. 1 pick.