For the first time in several months, Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz has managed to appear in an NBA game. The first overall pick of last year’s NBA Draft made his long-awaited return from a shoulder injury Monday night against the Denver Nuggets, when he subbed for Amir Johnson late in the first quarter of the contest.
Fultz surely was excited about this game, but he understandably also had some rust to shake off. He also seemed to deal with some butterflies in his stomach, as he looked shaky during his first few touches. Fultz turned the ball over the first time he held the leather. He would make up for it with a driving layup a little bit later, but when he tried to follow up that basket with a jump shot, all the fans saw was an airball instead of the rock finding the bottom of the net.
It could be recalled that Markelle Fultz became some sort of a mysterious figure during the time he spent recovering from the injury. The former Washington Huskies star had seemingly altered his shooting form to cope with his ailing shoulder, though, some say that his issue was more mental than physical.
In any case, Fultz is finally back and competing on the floor. Fultz could be forgiven by Sixers head coach Brett Brown for bumbling his way through the first few minutes of his comeback, but he should get it together sooner than later.
After this date with Denver, the Sixers will host the New York Knicks this Wednesday.