Magic Desperately Lie to Fans, Pretend Markelle Fultz Can Shoot

Posted in: Op-edSports News
September 25, 2019 9:14 PM UTC

When the Orlando Magic traded for Markelle Fultz last season, many fans were probably thinking things like, “WTF” but with more colorful and NSFW words involved. They didn’t have to give much up to get him (Jonathan Simmons and two draft picks). But didn’t the team know?

This kid can’t shoot!

Brace Yourself for a Pointless Markelle Fultz Hype Video

His struggles were well documented during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, and the subject of much debate. How much of the problem was his shoulder injury? How much of it was mental? Fultz, of course, puts it all on the shoulder injury.

But there were also some issues with his shooting coach and a drastic change to his motion. Whatever the problem, the Magic have posted a video to Twitter geared towards getting us to believe one thing.

Markelle Fultz does not have a problem with his shot anymore.

Okay—it is a nice video. It was well-produced, the soundtrack was nice, and it is evidence that Fultz has been putting in some work during the offseason. But from it, can we tell anything about his shot?

No, of course not!

Where’s the Proof He Even Made a Shot?

It is wonderful to see him working out and getting stronger, but the Magic do not show him shooting the ball while being defended.

If a pro-HORSE league ever forms, he might have a chance. But that is not basketball. There is so much more to being an NBA player than appearing to hit a few shots during a shoot-around.

More to the point: We don’t actually see a shot leave his hands and go into the basket without the ball leaving the screen!

It looks like he had a fun summer, and it seems like he might finally be healthy. But can Markelle Fultz shoot now? He’s medically cleared for camp and is ready for action. If he can make it through the preseason injury-free, we’ll find out when the season starts if he can shoot.

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Travis graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with a master's in Political Science. Prior to that, he attended IU Purdue in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science and earned his first degree at Texas A & M in Galveston, TX, a BS in Maritime Administration. You can contact him on Twitter at @FatManWriting. Over the last few years, Travis has worked for several news-oriented sites that focused on sports, especially football, baseball, basketball, and to a lesser extent, boxing and MMA. Having grown up in the football-crazed state of Texas, football is his first love. According to his mother, he was more excited to watch NFL and college games as a baby than Sesame Street or Mickey Mouse. His passion for sports quickly spread to baseball (favorite team is the Houston Astros), basketball, and track and field as a kid. It wasn’t until his college years that he discovered the tremendous game of rugby. He currently lives in the United States in Indiana (is a basketball fan but hates going to the Indy 500) with his wife and two adorable kids.