Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown admitted he was caught off guard by Markelle Fultz needing to see a shoulder specialist. Fultz will be missing some games this week as he tries to get another opinion on his bothersome shoulder.
#Sixers coach Brett Brown in the Markelle Fultz situation. pic.twitter.com/WHLwdx8VB1
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) November 20, 2018
Reports of Fultz's decision to take some time off to treat his shoulder came right after a game in which he played a season-low seven minutes. Furkan Korkmaz and even T.J. McConnell played more minutes during the Sixers' close win against the Phoenix Suns.
After the game, Brown said he is still not sure on whether Fultz or McConnell will be Ben Simmons' main backup for the point guard position.
When asked what would inform his decision, Brown said, “Just when I think it through deeper and look at tape and see who we're playing, the next opponent, all those things I should do.”
The 20-year old Markelle Fultz has yet to live up to his billing as a top draft pick. His season averages of 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists aren't anywhere close to the All-Star potential people believe he has.
Markelle Fultz reportedly worked diligently on his jump shot this past summer, but he still clearly is having major problems with his shooting form and has parted ways with shooting coach Drew Hanlen. Now comes this news about the desire to see another shoulder specialist, adding more mystery to what is actually going on with the young guard.