By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz insisted that he was healthy just weeks ago. However, now he’s saying his shooting problems are because of an injury.
Fultz has been instructed not to play according to his attorney Raymond Brothers, who is also his agent.
Something is definitely amiss there. The 76ers could have miss diagnosed his shoulder injury.
Fultz is expected to see a shoulder specialist next week, according to The Athletic’s David Aldridge. Until the observation, he will not participate with the team in any games or practices.
On Nov. 12th, his strange free throw shooting went viral in the team’s 124-114 win over the Miami Heat. According to NBC Sports Philadelphia, he had a “concerning” jumper against the Brooklyn Nets, where the ball slipped out of his hand in the “inadvertent pump-fake foul shot.”
“Nobody’s ever 100 percent healthy in this game,” Fultz said Nov. 6. “You play five games in seven days, you get bumps and bruises. That’s life in the NBA, that’s what you sign up for when you get here. But I’m working every day to get better.”
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft has been hampered by injuries in his short career. He has appeared in 19 games with 15 starts this season. He is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game.
Fultz has been removed from the starting lineup since the acquisition of Jimmy Butler.
As a rookie, he only appeared in 14 games. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 18.1 minutes per game.