• Published: 12 October 2017
  • Markelle Fultz is the number one pick in the NBA Draft, yet he drastically changed his Free Throw mechanics; to make matters worse, he did it right before the start of the season. How did it happen? What can he do to fix it?
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Comments • 753

    BBALLBREAKDOWN   2 years back

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    • SuperStrik9
      SuperStrik9  2 years back

      No like from me. "The Process" is a joke that'll only lead to a losing culture within an organization unless you hit it everytime in the draft. People forget how rare a situation like OKC was drafting Durant, Westbrook and Harden 3 years in a row.

    • NoLyfe SGDZ
      NoLyfe SGDZ  2 years back

      BBALLBREAKDOWN do you work with players cause you should

    • Gandydancer
      Gandydancer  2 years back

      Hal Greer used to do that. Before your time, I'd guess. But Fultz's FT% is still below his mid-range jump shot percentage, right?

      What I notice about his new ft shot is his left hand staying involved way too long, and going way too high.The latter is really bad for his balance.

      As long as it doesn't get in his head, he'll be fine. We know he can shoot.

    • Haywood Jablome
      Haywood Jablome  2 years back

      BBALLBREAKDOWN well, it must be something with his segway. That being said, i know nothing about segways.

      What i do know is that i have a lot less trouble shooting free throws consistenly and comfortably. Why is that so hard for some at the professional level? Could it be a US thing to some extent, with all the emphasis on high energy and athleticism? I know this might be far-fetched, but so is shooting like Fultz right now...

    • SirRoger
      SirRoger  2 years back

      why doesn't he just do a jump shot from the free throw line?
      It's legal as long as he lands within the line

  • Hollis Robertson
    Hollis Robertson  5 months back

    He didn’t know how right he was

    • 101noz101
      101noz101  10 months back

      Can't believe it's been over a year since Coach released this video and nothing has changed. If anything he's become even more inconsistent and with his camp pulling him away from the team and the 76ers now in win now mode you have to wonder if he would fetch anything of value on the trade market.

      • C Taylor
        C Taylor  12 months back

        His shot in college looked great. I dont know what the hell happened.

        • Michael Dickey
          Michael Dickey  1 years back

          Being bad at freethrows on it's own isn't enough to get the savvy coaches of the league to put a hack out on you. There also has to be high odds of Fultz making points on the play itself.

          Fultz hasn't made a 3 pointer all year, so you can't hack him there. Fultz is only 6'4" so if he finds himself inside the paint, the defensive strategy should be to try to swat him clean.

          That really only leaves the midrange as a possible spot to hack Fultz, so let's do the math.

          His freethrow% is 47.6%, so if you hack him inside the arc, that's an offensive rating of .952ppp. That's not good... but let's compare it to his midrange numbers.

          Fultz has good... actually EXCELLENT finishing within 3 feet of the rim (for being as undersized as he is)... but most of those are on plays in which he gets to the rim uncontested... and since nobody respects his jumpshot and sags on him, this is usually of cuts, not drives (and certainly not postups).

          This leaves the only real zone where he might be hacked as between 3 feet and the 3 point line.

          Basketball reference has that divided into 3 partitions.

          FG 3-10ft: 20.5%
          FG 10-16ft: 34.8%
          FG 16ft to inside 3pt: 28.6%

          That means his highest implied offensive rating would be from 10-16ft jumpers... and that offensive rating is 69.6%

          That is significantly lower than hacking him.

          So in short, his offensive game is too weak to justify hacking him.

          The only scenarios in which hacking would be justified are
          1. He's cutting for the bucket and for some reason, you are close enough to hack him good (but not close enough to prevent the successful pass)

          2. If his defender sags a bit too much and he's able to pick up enough speed that the defender knows he's about to be sidestepped on a drive.

          Those are the only two reasons one could justify hacking Fultz, and if one had the foresight to see those scenarios playing out... they would simply prevent it.

          Conclusion: Fultz is not a suitable hacking target unless you already seriously fucked up. He's an easy defensive assignment.

          • Anita Raman
            Anita Raman  1 years back

            I love that coach Nick showed the NBA tickets.com commercial and then said you should use seat geek instead.

            • Anita Raman
              Anita Raman  1 years back

              I like how this video is made.

              • T. Thomas
                T. Thomas  2 years back

                We are seeing Forget-a-Fultz

                • Ryan Maytom
                  Ryan Maytom  2 years back

                  Title should be "will we ever see fultz"

                  • Candor spot
                    Candor spot  2 years back

                    Now all his shots are like this. This has to be some sort of mental issue. This is unbelievable stuff.

                    • raul salazar
                      raul salazar  2 years back

                      every player that washington produces suck to the max!

                      • Evan Yero
                        Evan Yero  2 years back

                        This worries me lmaoo

                        • KING NOOB DAME
                          KING NOOB DAME  2 years back


                          • Quicktwosteps
                            Quicktwosteps  2 years back

                            He sucks on free throw because he can't jump like when he shoots a three point.

                            You don't even need good mechanics to shoot a free throw. I can nail them down with just arm strength alone, with or without proper handling the ball. Not to mention, it's a mental thing.

                            He takes too much time setting up a shot on a free throw. He could just use the refs pass as a momentum rhythm and then shoot it fast in fluid motion.

                            • CeltiKKKs Fan
                              CeltiKKKs Fan  2 years back

                              Hack a Roberson...Roberson ass

                              • Reza Nugraha
                                Reza Nugraha  2 years back

                                speaking of FT, what about Drummond improvement from the free throw line? :D

                                • John Craftenworth
                                  John Craftenworth  2 years back

                                  problem in free throw is: feet too close, granny knees almost touching, and it's not smooth motion, he goes up, pauses with a hitch, then shoots, power and shot is all arms and upper body awkardness, and missing left or right as shown is indicative of a mechanical problem as well, arms too close together in his motion, not stable, and I think the narrow foot spacing is contributing there as well. His arms are also too close on his jumper and I predict jumpshot problems as well. How the hell did this guy go #1?

                                  • Clifford Driver
                                    Clifford Driver  2 years back

                                    As a two guard, if you can't be counted on to hit free throws then you have zero business being on the court, period.

                                    • 12 inches unbuffed
                                      12 inches unbuffed  2 years back

                                      that dude is a bum

                                      • Mad Skillz
                                        Mad Skillz  2 years back

                                        Shoulda been titled "Foul-a-Fultz" instead..

                                        • inquizative44
                                          inquizative44  2 years back

                                          It's Fultz's concentration and focus, there is nothing wrong with his form.

                                          • L.M
                                            L.M  2 years back

                                            To be fair, on thge surface he looks calm and ready.

                                            • MaxPro
                                              MaxPro  2 years back

                                              Bill Cartwright be like, "oooh, sweet form, kid."

                                              • boi
                                                boi  2 years back

                                                Please do an analysis on Lauri "The Finnisher" Markkanen's shooting!

                                                • Joel Schoening
                                                  Joel Schoening  2 years back

                                                  This is just a promotion for you

                                                  • nes
                                                    nes  2 years back

                                                    i wish coach nick was my high school BBall coach

                                                    • Bennie S.
                                                      Bennie S.  2 years back

                                                      Temporary free throw

                                                      • Alfredo Franco
                                                        Alfredo Franco  2 years back

                                                        sooo bad... im so glad they got him 1st pickk or else lakers might have picked him....

                                                        • yi-wen chen
                                                          yi-wen chen  2 years back

                                                          hack-a-fults???He has to be a starter first....

                                                          • Niki
                                                            Niki  2 years back

                                                            Injury bruh

                                                            • cso9wtns
                                                              cso9wtns  2 years back

                                                              those seatgeek ads are so pathetic on this channel

                                                              • Caleb Thomson
                                                                Caleb Thomson  2 years back

                                                                He injured his shoulder and puss filled it he can’t lift his arm past a certain point but he will get used to shooting like that.

                                                                • Tropical Green
                                                                  Tropical Green  2 years back

                                                                  Its because of his injury

                                                                  • King Noir
                                                                    King Noir  2 years back

                                                                    No matter whats ur knees position, its all about the flick of the wrist

                                                                    • Jesse Alias
                                                                      Jesse Alias  2 years back

                                                                      It looks normal then however

                                                                      • jordan murdock
                                                                        jordan murdock  2 years back

                                                                        Philly desperate

                                                                        • CriticalManimal
                                                                          CriticalManimal  2 years back

                                                                          looks like my 3 year old shooting into his fisher price hoop. kid just started and he's already got knee and shoulder issues? hope he has a backup plan.

                                                                          • Kylin Mooney
                                                                            Kylin Mooney  2 years back

                                                                            Can’t hack anymore the team that gets hacked gets 2 freethrows and he ball

                                                                            • Ludwig Vonn
                                                                              Ludwig Vonn  2 years back

                                                                              Jesus Christ on a stick... freethrows should be the first thing you learn when you start playing basketball at early age... but yet, here we are, in the NBA and guys throwing the ball like it was possessed by a demon... this shit is cringe worthy

                                                                              • Caesar Vespasian
                                                                                Caesar Vespasian  2 years back

                                                                                Coacheneral Nikolai, I vishing to tell you det dee *base line for arc angle not parallel to court* of beskedboll

                                                                                • Da Viz
                                                                                  Da Viz  2 years back

                                                                                  Damn that ad at 5:17 is killer

                                                                                  • SuperStrik9
                                                                                    SuperStrik9  2 years back

                                                                                    Worst free throw form I've seen since Chuck Hayes. Philly is a joke of an organization. Feel bad for their fans.

                                                                                    • JuliusSP1
                                                                                      JuliusSP1  2 years back

                                                                                      sixers staff is failing the kid...would you please contact fultz's agent to see if you can work with him?

                                                                                      • Hey Herc
                                                                                        Hey Herc  2 years back

                                                                                        Way to analytical Bull-Sh*t....you can shoot or you cant...is it nice to have good form___yes!....can you be a great shooter without it___yes!

                                                                                        • Hey Herc
                                                                                          Hey Herc  2 years back

                                                                                          .....form is overrated you can either shoot or you cant

                                                                                      • Lin Pan
                                                                                        Lin Pan  2 years back


                                                                                        • Miles Roberto
                                                                                          Miles Roberto  2 years back

                                                                                          Coach - The biggest reason he is missing is his leg drive is discontinuous with his release. He pumps his legs, but all that momentum is gone when he initiates his release. Simple fix. Initiate leg drive later. The next biggest reason is he is arching his back backwards and babying the ball.

                                                                                          • Miguel Salas
                                                                                            Miguel Salas  2 years back

                                                                                            The way you advertise seatgeek never fails to amaze me.

                                                                                            • vincentmskwok
                                                                                              vincentmskwok  2 years back

                                                                                              "The kind of process I can't trust" LOL Coach Nick!