Markelle Fultz says he's finally healthy and full of confidence for the new season

Markelle Fultz’s troubles last season were well documented but the Philadelphia 76ers youngster is ready to put it behind him and prove his worth this year.

The 20-year-old played just 14 games in his rookie campaign as a shoulder injury kept him sidelined for months.

It was clearly bothering him in the early stages of the season as he completely altered his shot and looked extremely uncomfortable.

The Sixers decided the best course of action was for the point guard to undergo surgery and focus a considerable amount of time rebuilding his jump shot.

He made a return in late March and looked more confident in his play.

Fultz also showed Philly fans a glimpse of what he’s capable of by becoming the youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double.

Gaining confidence

Last year’s number one overall pick has spent much of the summer working on his shooting with trainer Drew Hanlen.

The talented young guard says he’s now over his injury and is expecting to have a bigger impact this season.

“What happened last year was an injury. Let me get that straight. It was an injury that happened that didn’t allow me to go through the certain paths that I needed to, to shoot the ball,” Fultz said, via Matt Haughton at NBC Sports Philadelphia.

“Just like any normal person, when you’re used to doing something the same way each and every day and something happens, of course, you’re going to start thinking about it. It’s just normal.

“Everybody knows what happened last year, so this summer was really just me working to get my mechanics back, my confidence back, my swagger back. It was a very productive summer.

“I’m happy with the work I put in with Drew (Hanlen). We put up a lot of shots, a lot of hours in the gym. I’m happy with where I’m at right now going into training camp.”

With Philadelphia failing to attract a star player in free agency, Fultz will be an important player if he can become that third option behind Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

He has the skills that the 76ers require as he’s able to break down defences with his speed and can create shots for himself and his teammates.

The former Washington product seems ready for the challenge ahead and his new-found confidence will be a positive sign for Sixers fans.

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