Injuries are nothing new for the Philadelphia 76ers, as the team has seen former first round draft picks Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid miss long periods of time with injuries, only to emerge as promising young stars in the long run.
However, out of all their past misfortunes, the case of 2017 first round pick Markelle Fultz’s injury has indeed been the strangest.
76ers’ general manager Brian Colangelo announced Friday that Fultz will unlikely return for the remainder of the season, adding that there is no set timetable for Fultz’ return.
This Just In: Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo says Markelle Fultz might not play again this season. https://t.co/2iKqzoCZwO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 9, 2018
“There’s always a chance that he’s going to be out there soon, and there’s a chance that he’s not going to play this year. I can’t answer that question because we don’t know the answer”, Colangelo told reporters in a press conference Friday.
The #1 overall pick in 2017 has only played in four games this season, as a nagging shoulder injury has severely altered his shooting ability. When asked on Fultz’ shooting, Colangelo stated that his range is, “within the paint, basically.”
Fultz, who has been sidelined since October, would become fifth on the list of fewest games played after being selected #1 if he does not return this season.
Fultz has been showing progress on the court by practicing before games, but has not been medically cleared as of yet.