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Markelle Fultz to play for Magic vs. Rockets after missing previous game

Markelle Fultz, Magic

Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz will play on Friday against the Houston Rockets after missing the previous game versus the Los Angeles Lakers due to a stomach virus.

The Magic are 11-13 on the season, good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

In 23 games this season for the Magic, Fultz is averaging 12.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists. The former No. 1 overall pick is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 79.2 percent from the free-throw line.

As everyone knows, Fultz had a bizarre start to his NBA 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. So far with Orlando, Fultz has been playing well on both sides of the floor.

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 trying to make the playoffs again this season. They lost to the Toronto Raptors in the first round in five games last season.

The Magic are still waiting to get back All-Star big man Nikola Vucevic, who is recovering from a severe ankle sprain he suffered in November.