The Sixers are off to a rough start this season and fans are growing tired of waiting for Markelle to come out of his shell. The Fultz they’ve seen in his Washington Huskies mixtapes hasn’t reported to the Sixers yet. What’s going on with Markelle?
He’s clearly still in his head. He’s beginning to loosen up but he doesn’t have the confidence that Ben Simmons shows when he breaks the confines of the offense and attacks the defense. He’s shown glimpses of what will come but those glimpses seem to be the exception and not the rule. His confidence seems to be what is holding him back and not the shoulder injury that supposedly plagued him for most of last season. The kid has all the talent in the world, he’s just hesitant to use it.
The real issue here is not the speed of his development but the lack of patience from Sixers fans. Why can’t they wait for Fultz to develop? There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s still a part of the future of this team but what is the rush? I understand that he’ll be compared to Tatum for eternity because of the trade that brought him to Philly. Would it have been nice to have Tatum come in and immediately produce? Of course. Would having Tatum mean that the Sixers were a threat to beat the Warriors? No. So why can’t we wait? We’re not ready to compete for the title this year so why can’t we let him continue to develop and grow as a player and person.
Not every superstar comes in and lights the league on fire. It takes some of them a little longer to adjust to the NBA game. See the rookie season stats below to see where Fultz stacks up…
Fultz (Through 6 games this year, 20 years old) 25.3 mpg, 8.8 points, 3.5 rebs, 3.8 assists
James Harden (Rookie Year, 20 years old) 22.9 mpg, 9.9 points, 3.2 rebs, 1.8 assists
Tony Parker (Rookie Year, 19 years old) 29.4 mpg, 9.2 points, 2.6 rebs, 4.3 assists
Sixers fans have been Trusting the Process for this long, don’t get impatient now.