BREAKING: Magic PG Markelle Fultz suffers season-ending ACL tear
Orlando Magic starting point guard Markelle Fultz is now officially out for the NBA season. Fultz suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers as he was driving against Isaac Okoro early in the first quarter.
The 22-year-old Fultz won’t be able to complete another regular season in his young NBA career, making it the third time in four years for the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.
Shams Charania of The Atheltic broke the news on Twitter a few hours after the unfortunate injury.
Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz has suffered a season-ending torn ACL in left knee.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 7, 2021
Fultz only played four minutes before being wheeled out, scoring three points.
The former University of Washington standout had a promising start to his second year with the Magic. He has started all of their first seven games and has been quite impressive as Steve Clifford’s top point guard option.
Prior to the game against the Cavaliers, Fultz was averaging career-high numbers with 14.3 points and 6.1 assists per contest. His steady play was one of the main reasons why the Magic have an impressive 6-2 record.
Last season, Fultz was able to stay healthy and suit up for an entire campaign for the first time in his NBA career. He played 72 regular season games for the Magic and started 60 of them.
Prior to joining the Magic, Markelle Fultz spent his first two years with the Philadelphia 76ers, where a shoulder injury kept him out for the majority of his stay.
His road in the NBA has been tough and it now seems that it’s about to get tougher.