History: When Markelle Fultz told Tracy McGrady he wants to be an MVP
Markelle Fultz’s career has been slowed down by injuries. In two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, he only managed to play 33 games. His full potential is yet to be seen at this point in his career.
Back in college, Markelle Fultz was touted as one of the future stars in the league. He showcased his impressive talent with the Washington Huskies in the 2016-17 season, averaging 23.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game.
Fultz’s scoring average was, in fact, the highest in the Pac-12 in 20 years. For his efforts, he was named to the First Team All-Pac-12 and Third-team All-American.
Before the draft took place, the Washington product spent time with NBA Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady and had a brief talk with him. In their talk, he declared his intention to win both the Most Valuable and Rookie of the Year awards at the same time.
Unfortunately, Markelle Fultz didn’t meet his personal expectation in his first year in the NBA. A shoulder injury hindered his early rise to the top, limiting him to just 14 games in his rookie campaign with the Sixers.
Fultz had one bright spot in his young career, though. It happened last April when the Sixers played the Denver Nuggets. In that game, the then 19-year-old recorded 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 25 minutes of play to become the youngest player in history to notch a triple-double.
Fultz is unavailable once again as his shoulder problems continue to bother him. He has played in 19 games this season, but his productivity has not improved. What’s worse, Fultz could not contribute for the Sixers and there were even rumors that he’ll be traded.
He currently averages 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, which isn’t impressive for a no.1 overall pick. Only time will tell if we’ll see him play at his best consistently.