In the closing seconds of his first game in a 76ers jersey on Monday at the Utah Jazz Summer League, No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz found himself in position to beat the team that traded the pick to Philadelphia. Down one with 5.8 seconds left after a jumper by No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum gave the Boston Celtics the lead, the Sixers put the ball in Fultz's hands to try to win the game. There would be no storybook ending on this night. Fultz created separation on the baseline, drove to the rim looking for a reverse finish and was met by Jaylen Brown -- the No. 3 pick in 2016 -- who blocked Fultz's shot harmlessly away. Though Fultz stressed the importance of winning after the game, there's a bigger picture to consider, as opening night of the regular season is still nearly four months away. With that in mind, Philadelphia summer league coach Billy Lange was excited his rookie had the opportunity to experience a late-game situation with a safety net. "This is what we're here for," Lange said. "As much as we want to win, especially when we're playing the Boston Celtics, it's important to put guys like Markelle who are part of our bright future in situations like that." Fultz started the game on a brighter note, drawing "Trust the process" chants from the vocal 76ers fans in attendance barely two minutes into that game. By that point, Fultz already had scored on the game's first possession with a step through, blocked Demetrius Jackson from behind and knocked down a 3-pointer.
Markelle Fultz shows the process is close to yielding results
ESPN | Jul 4