Since suffering a mysterious shoulder injury after only his team’s fourth game of the season, not a lot has been heard about Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz. That has led to many speculating that he could be suffering from a more serious injury, or that the team is not revealing his real condition.
Even Joel Embiid is uncertain what the exact diagnosis is for him. However, he made it known recently, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, that the 19-year-old’s situation is “messed up,” and that he doesn’t think he has a problem with his shoulder.
“The whole thing with Markelle is messed up,” Embiid says. “It should not have happened. Obviously, it has something to do with his shoulder– I saw that they said it wasn’t the shoulder, but I don’t believe it.
The Sixers have not released updates on Fultz, and it remains unclear when he’ll be able to return to the court. Through four games, he’s not been able to showcase his full potential yet, and only averaged 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 19.0 minutes per game. Being the consensus top overall pick in last June’s draft, there are high expectations on him, and he has not lived up to them so far.
The good news for the 76ers is that they have been able to continue their decent start to the season, and despite losing their past four games, are still 13-13 for the year. Should Fultz return to action soon, it will only make them better, as he will give them more depth at their point guard rotation. Every game he’ll play in will allow him to be more familiar with his teammates’ games, which should benefit him and the team moving forward.