3 reasons the Orlando Magic should be nervous about Markelle Fultz
Not even two years after they selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers gave up on Markelle Fultz, trading him to the Orlando Magic for Jonathon Simmons and a second-round pick.
For a guy that was expected by many to be the best player in the 2017 draft class, that return is a tough pill to swallow.
But should the Magic, a team in desperate need of a point guard for the future, be excited about the addition of Fultz, especially given how little they gave up in return?
Well, it depends on how Orlando is viewing the situation.
If the Magic are expecting Fultz to be their point guard of the future, there are a lot of reasons for trepidation.
Here are a few reasons why Orlando should be nervous about Fultz:
3. His Shooting
Do any of us really know just what is going on with Fultz’s shot?
In 33 NBA games, he is shooting a mere 41.4 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line. That is absolutely hideous.
What’s more, Fultz doesn’t even seem comfortable enough to shoot from the perimeter, as he has attempted just 15 three-pointers throughout his brief NBA career thus far.
Of course, Fultz is just 20 years old, so there is plenty of time for him to right the ship, but considering that he has already altered his shot form multiple times since entering the league just two summers ago, there is also plenty of cause for concern.
It’s not even like Fultz has shown signs of eventually becoming a good shooter, because he hasn’t, and that is worrisome.
2. His Confidence
Perhaps Fultz’s inability to put the ball in the hoop has a lot to do with his lack of confidence, and confidence is a tough thing to find sometimes.
As I said earlier, Fultz does not even look remotely comfortable shooting the ball from beyond 15 feet out, which is an incredibly weird quirk for an NBA guard who was specifically drafted for his scoring abilities.
Yes, Fultz did have that strange injury (which we will discuss in a bit), but you also have to wonder why he looked so tentative from the get-go. Did he have the injury to begin with? Or did the first shot form change cause the injury?
If it’s the latter, then why was Fultz even altering his shot in the first place? That right there screams a lack of confidence.
1. His Health
Fultz had one of the most mysterious injuries any of us have ever seen, every bit as confounding as Kawhi Leonard’s infamous quad injury from last year.
The name of Fultz’s injury is thoracic outlet syndrome, which he was diagnosed with back in early December. He was then traded to Orlando at the deadline in February, and we still haven’t heard much about whether or not Fultz is getting better.
Is he going to be 100 percent healthy by next season? Is this going to be an issue that plagues him going forward?
There are so many questions surrounding Fultz that it’s very difficult to get excited about what he can possibly bring to the table in the future, especially when we have no idea when he’ll actually get back on the floor.