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Nikola Vucevic impressed with Markelle Fultz, says he could be great for Magic

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If the offseason and training camp are any indication, Markelle Fultz could be in for a big year with the Orlando Magic in 2019-20.

Fultz has had a tumultuous start to his career after suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome, an extremely rare basketball injury that damaged Fultz’s nerve endings in his shooting shoulder.

Now, after a full recovery with the Magic, Fultz is expected to play a major role in Orlando this season. And the team’s lone All-Star, Nikola Vucevic, is quite excited to get to work with him.

“He played very well. He looked comfortable out there and was pushing the ball, getting into the paint, scoring. He hit a couple of mid-range jumpers and made some plays,” Vucevic said of Fultz, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic.

“As I said yesterday, he’s a guy that can really make plays for himself (and) for others. (He’s got) a big body and can get to the hoop and has a size advantage over many guards. He could definitely be great for us. So if he keeps playing like this, I think he’ll be very good for us this season.”

The Magic are hoping to better their success last season, which saw them make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

Fultz figures to be a crucial piece for the MagIf the offseason and training camp are any indication, Markelle Fultz could be in for a big year with the Orlando Magic in 2019-20.ic if they want to make a deeper postseason run. The 21-year-old guard was the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. In his lone collegiate season with the Washington Huskies, he averaged 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks in 25 outings.

He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, but the team gave up on him due to his injury woes. Now, he’s hoping to bounce back and prove his doubters wrong.