Markelle Fultz says getting a fresh start with Magic is ‘perfect’ for him and his family
Speaking to Orlando reporters for the first time on Thursday, second-year point guard Markelle Fultz says the trade which sent him from the Philadelphia 76ers to the Magic is perfect for him and his family because it gives him a fresh start in the NBA.
Fultz’s one and a half seasons with the Sixers were a mess. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick only played in 14 games during his rookie season due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, and he was diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome this season.
The hope is that a change of scenery and reduced expectations will work wonders for Markelle Fultz in Orlando.
Fultz on initial reaction to being traded: “I was excited when I first found out. First thing was to thank God. Getting a fresh start is perfect for me and my family.”
— Mackenzie Thirkill (@KenzieThirkill) February 14, 2019
Fultz has career averages of 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 33 NBA games while shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 26.7 percent from beyond the arc and 53.4 percent from the free-throw line.
The shooting stroke which he had in college at the University of Washington is gone and Fultz hasn’t been able to regain it yet for whatever reason.
The brain trust in Orlando is very excited about Fultz. They believe a new beginning for the 20-year-old is exactly what he needed to jump-start his NBA career.
Only time will tell now if Fultz can get his jump shot back in order.