Markelle Fultz has worked diligently in recent months under supervision of Magic’s player-development staff
Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz has worked diligently in recent months under the careful supervision of at least two members of the franchise’s player-development staff, according to Josh Robbins of The Athletic.
Fultz is still recovering from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Magic are unsure when the former No. 1 overall pick will play again.
But Fultz has worked diligently in recent months, sources said, typically under the careful supervision of at least two members of the franchise’s player-development staff. In early August, a 28-second cell phone video of Fultz training with team staffers showed Fultz attempting mid-range jumpers. Fultz’s shooting stroke looked smooth. Gone was the noticeable hitch that Fultz had displayed late in his Philadelphia 76ers tenure, a hitch that resembled a case of the “yips.”
The Magic acquired Markelle Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers at the 2019 February trade deadline. He has career NBA averages of 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line.
Fultz has only played in 33 NBA games due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder and Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. The Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Fultz for the 2020-21 season on Monday, a good sign he’s making progress in his shoulder.