Sixers’ Joel Embiid believes Magic guard Markelle Fultz can be one of the ‘top-scoring guards’ in the NBA
Fultz played for 21 minutes before fouling out in their preseason showdown with the team that drafted him. The 21-year-old guard finished with 12 points, one rebound, five assists and two steals while shooting 45.5 percent from field.
Furthermore, the University of Washington product appeared to be more confident about his game and was consistently attacking the rim and playing physical.
Embiid, who has seen firsthand how Fultz struggled with injuries in his first year in the league, took notice of the new and improved player he faced. In fact, the Sixers’ All-Star center was so impressed he even went on to say that Markelle has what it takes to be one of the best “top-scoring guards” in the NBA despite his lack of consistent jump shot.
“That’s how he plays,” Embiid said, per Josh Robbins of The Athletic. “Everybody always talks about jump shots, jump shots. I feel like he’s got more than that. He can be (among) the top-scoring guards. He is extremely athletic and explosive. I’m happy for him.”
Fultz is set to play in his first season with the Magic after getting traded before the 2019 February trade deadline. He played only in 19 games for Philly last season after being diagnosed with a thoracic outlet syndrome — a disorder that affects the area between the neck and upper chest.
The Maryland native has played in only 33 games in his first two years in the league, putting up averages of 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists.