Fultz's Mid-Range Shooting Has Been Excellent

Josh Cohen
Digital News Manager

ORLANDO – While Evan Fournier continues to be scorching hot from the perimeter, particularly from 20 to 24 feet away from the basket where he’s shooting 57.4 percent, Markelle Fultz has been sizzling from a little closer to the hoop.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound point guard has made 55.2 percent of his 29 attempts from between 10 and 14 feet out.

How impressive is that?

The only player in the entire league who has a better percentage from this range than Fultz with at least that many shot attempts is Milwaukee's Khris Middleton (57.6 percent), per Second Spectrum tracking data.

The 21-year-old, who finished with a career-best 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting from the field during Tuesday’s win in the nation’s capital, has also been very good finishing drives.

Entering Tuesday’s action, Fultz was averaging 5.5 points per game off drives to the basket, the most on the Magic. More impressive, though, is his efficiency when he accelerates inside. He has made 55 percent of his driving shot attempts, per data.

Fultz wasn’t the only guard who shined against the Wizards. D.J. Augustin had his best game of the season, posting 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting overall and 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

Fournier, meanwhile, was spectacular once again, erupting for 31 points. It was the third time in the last four games that the 27-year-old has scored at least 30. In Orlando’s nine games since Nov. 15, Fournier is averaging 25.2 points. During this span, that ranks eighth in the league behind James Harden, Luka Doncic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Trae Young, Bradley Beal, LeBron James, Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Davis.