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Sixers coach Brett Brown ‘proud’ of Magic’s Markelle Fultz

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Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown is no longer Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz’s coach, but he’s still keeping tabs on the former No. 1 overall pick.

Brown, whose Sixers lost to Fultz and the Magic on Friday in Orlando, says he’s “proud” of Fultz for overcoming his injuries:

In 30 games this season for the Magic, Markelle Fultz is averaging 11.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The 21-year-old is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line

As everyone knows, Fultz had a bizarre start to his NBA career with the Sixers. He had only played in 33 games entering the 2019-20 season due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder and Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

The Magic acquired Fultz from the Sixers at the 2019 February trade deadline in the hopes of revitalizing his quickly fading career. So far with Orlando, Fultz has been playing well on both sides of the floor.

The Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Fultz for the 2020-21 season, so it’s clear they have faith in the youngster. Orlando is trying to make the playoffs again this season. They lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round in five games last season.

After defeating the Sixers, the Magic are now 14-17 on the season. They are in the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.