Markelle Fultz says he laughed at all the criticism, wild stories he read about himself
As a high draft pick that hasn’t planned out, Markelle Fultz has seen his share of criticisms from analysts and fans alike. However, the Orlando Magic guard never let those people get the best of him. Instead, he has learned to laugh all of those off and just focus on his game.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix wrote a comprehensive piece about Fultz and how he turned his career around from being labeled as a bust into one of the productive members of the Orlando Magic. He revealed that he does read stories being written about him. He said that the wild stories he sees being written about him made him earn a sense of humor.
Fultz, active on social media, read all of it.
“The thing is, it didn’t really bother me,” Fultz told SI.com. “If I saw something negative, most of the time I laughed at it. Because it’s just not true. People say some crazy stuff. I read somewhere that I got into a motorcycle accident. I cracked jokes with my friends about this stuff. People just don’t know. I was [injured]. That’s it.”
Fultz was drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA Draft, but injuries never allowed him to become the outstanding scorer the Sixers hoped he would become. His shooting form was off, his production didn’t match his high draft status, and many understandably thought that he’s on his way out of the team.
Thankfully for him, he was traded to the Orlando Magic and saw his game significantly improve. He’s currently averaging 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists on 46% shooting.
He’s slowly but surely becoming a solid scoring option for the Magic, and fans will be praying that he eventually reaches the high ceiling that made him the first overall pick of his draft class.