Statistically speaking, Markelle Fultz had a fine showing for the Philadelphia 76ers in Saturday’s win over the Charlotte Hornets. The team gutted out a 105-103 victory on their home floor and Fultz scored 10 points (4-9 shooting) with four assists and four rebounds in 25 minutes.
It seems the second-year guard’s minutes are likely to float around this mark, as he’s played more than 27 minutes just once and that came during a 19-point win over the Chicago Bulls. Over the first few games, we’ve looked into Fultz’s shot charts from time to time, but the most recent one from the Hornets matchup tells quite a bit.
It points to the fact that for the time being, the former No. 1 pick needs to focus far more on getting to the rim than finding open shots. Even taking it one step further, it’s apparent Fultz would be better served running the second unit and playing with the ball in his hands.
Here’s a look at the shot chart for Fultz from Saturday’s game, courtesy of ESPN:
At least right now, Fultz isn’t going to consistently knock down jumpers, so playing him next to Ben Simmons makes little sense. As you can see above, three of his four made field goal attempts came from inside the restricted area. Each attempt he took from outside the paint was off the mark.
Fultz’s shot may come in due time, but for now, the Sixers need to lock down and get the ball in his hands to lead the second unit. Opting to make that move will help his confidence and hopefully, in turn, allow him to find a solid shooting stroke.