I'll tell you what, it's a good thing Joel Embiid's All-Star caliber procession of 'The Process' is serving as the ultimate side dish to the filet mignon and fingerlings of an Eagles' Super Bowl berth, because the "development" of Markelle Fultz has provided Philly fans nothing but gruel.
The beauty of sports is that, no matter how many games we watch, there's always something we haven't seen before. Usually that phenomenon is rightfully treated as a positive, but there's nothing beautiful about a first overall pick - who was almost universally considered the best player in the draft during an era in which basketball has never been more rich with talent - walking to the foul line only to look like he's playing catch with a toddler. I mean, this hitch would leave you believing that Markelle Fultz thinks the rim has a short attention span and he's afraid of hitting it upside it's under-developed head with a mistimed throw. It would make you think Markelle Fultz has been traumatized by losing an egg toss contest, because the apprehension in his stroke is as palpable as the yolk dripping down the face of everyone that anointed him...
Watching a professional athlete complete a ridiculous task that they would hardly ever attempt within the parameters of a real game is supposed to be fun way to appreciate their surreal set of skills. Meanwhile, all I thought about as this ball almost effortless flew skyward before dropping perfectly through the net faaaar off in the distance was "how in the actual hell is his form smoother on blind 90 feet heaves than it is on unguarded, 15 foot shots from a standstill?"...
I genuinely hope the kid figures it out and turns around what has been an inexplicably abominable start to what could easily be a long, successful career, but - and I know this is insanely premature - he currently has what it takes to become a cautionary tale unlike any we have ever seen. Who would have thought that as little as seven months ago when not one person blinked an eye as he was the first player on stage at the NBA Draft?