The Philadelphia 76ers traded up with the Boston Celtics to select guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Since then, however, the talented rookie's path has taken several twists and turns. First, the Sixers reworked his entire shooting motion over the summer.
Then, he struggled at the start of the season, looking awkward while shooting and battling through an apparent shoulder injury.
Now, he has been spotted at practice shooting long-range shots left-handed, which is strange considering the fact that Fultz is right-handed normally. As you can see in the video below, Fultz is launching shots with his off-hand from behind the three-point line:
That wasn't the only left-handed shot the reporters observed, noting that all of Fultz's attempts were coming as a southpaw:
Fultz has missed the last few games with the shoulder issue, but seeing him shooting left-handed won't exactly put Philly fans' minds at ease after all the drama surrounding his reworked shot this summer.
The reporter who tweeted the above video added that there is a simple explanation for why Fultz was shooting left-handed - he simply hasn't been cleared to resume his normal shot just yet:
So there you have it - a simple explanation for a slightly unusual occurrence. Still, with all the drama surrounding Fultz's shot this summer, it's hard to blame Sixers fans for panicking a bit and being concerned that the front office and coaching staff was ruining a No. 1 pick.
According to ESPN.com, Fultz's agent said the rookie guard had a cortisone shot last month to try to ease the pain he was feeling in his right shoulder:
"He had a cortisone shot on Oct. 5, which means fluid was put into his shoulder -- not taken out," agent Raymond Brothers told ESPN. "My intention earlier was to let people know that he's been experiencing discomfort. We will continue to work with (Sixers general manager) Bryan Colangelo and the medical staff."
As for the changed shot? According to ESPN.com, Colangelo said that was simply because Fultz was trying to play through the pain of the shoulder injury:
"There was never a concerted effort on the part of the organization to change his shot," Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo said, adding that it was Fultz's choice to continue to play through the pain in his shoulder.
Whatever the situation, the fact of the matter is that No. 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum has been thriving with the Celtics, which makes the fact that the Sixers traded up for Fultz look even worse at the moment. If the Philadelphia staff and front office don't handle Fultz's injury well in the coming weeks, it will be a bad look for the embattled franchise.