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Magic guard Markelle Fultz says he ‘never doubted’ himself through injuries

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Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz says he “never doubted” himself through his injuries.

Fultz had a bizarre start to his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. 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. Now, he’s starting to show why he was the No. 1 overall pick in his draft class.

“It was definitely hard,” Fultz told Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports recently. “I questioned why stuff was happening to me. But I never doubted myself. I knew I had an injury, and I knew my abilities even when I couldn’t shoot the ball.”

In 16 games this season for the Magic, Fultz is averaging 11.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He is shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 18.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line.

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 6-10 on the season. They are playing without All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, who is out with an ankle injury. With that said, Fultz has to continue to be aggressive and efficient on offense for the Magic to stay afloat sans Vooch.