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Markelle Fultz Not Expected to Play in 2018 Summer League

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The top pick from the 2017 draft will continue working on his shot instead of playing with the Sixers Summer League team.

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Markelle Fulltz will not be playing in the 2018 NBA Summer League, according to multiple reports that came out Saturday evening. Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice.com was the first to report the news.

Fultz has been working with trainer Drew Hanlen during the offseason to fix his jumpshot. The 2017 first overall pick was under plenty of scrutiny throughout last season for changing his shot right before playing in the NBA.

Hanlen has said in the past that Fultz is already making good progress with his jump shot but “by the end of the summer it will be perfect.” It seems that the 76ers organization has decided it is more important to continue the progress rather than force the former collegiate star back too quickly.

According to the report, the Sixers are very involved with the training process between Hanlen and Fultz.

“The Sixers are very much plugged into the situation with Fultz and Hanlen, and there is regular contact between the organization, Hanlen, and Fultz about the progress he’s making out in California. A team source told PhillyVoice that the organization is given regular updates at least a couple times a week.”

This decision has been debated during the offseason and will likely continue to be debated until Fultz gives fans a reason to forget about it. The 76ers will begin play in the Las Vegas Summer League on July 7th.