Markelle Fultz thrilled at all the support Magic have given him in rehab process
Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz really appreciates the support he has received from the Magic ever since he arrived to Orlando.
The Magic acquired Fultz from the Philadelphia 76ers at the 2019 February trade deadline. He’s been rehabbing from Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and says the franchise has been behind him from day one.
PG Markelle Fultz on the support shown to him by the @OrlandoMagic : "It was huge. When I first got traded (to Orlando) I didn’t know what to expect. But as soon as I got here, I could tell the different energy that they were showing me & the love they were showing me. (1 of 2)
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) September 25, 2019
Markelle Fultz has worked diligently in recent months under the careful supervision of at least two members of the franchise’s player-development staff. The former No. 1 overall pick 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.
The Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Fultz for the 2020-21 season. Fultz has only played in 33 NBA games due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder and Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. However, he’s expected to participate in practices once training camp starts.
It would be a great story if Fultz becomes a star with the Magic. The start to his career has been one of the more bizarre stories in recent memory.
Magic head coach Steve Clifford has said Fultz can be a dynamic two-way player for Orlando. We’ll see if Clifford’s prediction comes to fruition.