There are more than a few folks expecting big things of Orlando Magic young guard Markelle Fultz this coming season. One such man who is all in on the Fultz bandwagon is retired two-time All-Star swingman Caron Butler.
Butler is so high on Fultz that he believes the 21-year-old guard will have a legitimate shot at winning the 2019-20 Most Improved Player of the Year trophy:
“I spent some time with him this summer, he's ready to go, he's healthy, he looks extremely well,” Butler claimed, via Yahoo Sports. “He's going to take the league by surprise. That's my Most Improved Player for this season.”
That's a pretty bold claim from Butler right there, who seems to have some insider knowledge on all the work Fultz has been putting in over the past months.
After being traded by the Philadelphia 76ers in the middle of last season to the Magic, the former first overall pick has yet to play his first game for Orlando. His troublesome and mysterious shoulder injury has pushed back his debut for his new side, but according to recent reports, Fultz is looking as good as ever as we approach the start of the new season.
Butler is just the latest to add to the buzz surrounding Fultz this offseason, which leads us to believe that there must be a lot to get excited about for what should be a very promising year for the former University of Washington standout. Hopefully, Fultz is able to steer clear of injuries this term, so as to give him the best chance of reaching his true potential.