Rookie guard Markelle Fultz is one step closer to a return and completing ‘the Process’ in Philadelphia. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NBA draft is no longer experiencing the shoulder pain that has kept him out since October 29, as reported by ESPN.
Fultz has only appeared in four games, with shoulder issues combined with an altered shooting form leading to his horrendous shooting percentages. Fultz has shot 33 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line as opposed to 47 and 65 percent in 25 games at Washington.
Philadelphia will evaluate Fultz in three weeks to judge when he can officially return, but are in no rush to get him back before he’s completely ready. We’ve seen the 76ers remain patient with stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, both of whom missed significant time during their rookie years.
Getting Fultz back would be a boost for the 76ers as they look to make the playoffs for the first time in six years. At 13-11, they currently hold the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and look like they can challenge anyone come postseason.
By: Adam Tayabali