Markelle Fultz has fallen a long way from grace in just two short years. From being the number one overall draft pick in 2017 to being unable to play, Fultz will have a long way to prove to doubters and NBA fans alike that what you see now is not indicative of what his career in the future.
Fultz’ woes started early in his rookie season, in October to be exact, and over the course of the next two years, Fultz has been in the middle of a myriad of headlines. Are his woes a mental problem or is it actually an injury? What is thoracic outlet syndrome? Eventually, videos of an altered shooting motion surfaced, but Fultz and the third-party trainer he used faced criticism for their partnership.
Since his trade to the Orlando Magic in February, Fultz has continued his rehab and efforts to return to the court.
A fresh start in Orlando could be what Fultz needs. No longer blocked at the point guard position by an All-Star and former Rookie of the Year, when healthy, Fultz will have his chance to thrive in an offense that will ideally feature him quite a bit and a team that has no championship aspiration for the time being.
Recently, teammate Aaron Gordon called Fultz a “sleeper” who could be a “monster.” However, there was no hard evidence until now.
While the video should not force anyone to think that a 20 PPG season is coming, but Fultz looks more like the 23.2 PPG and 5.9 APG player he was in his lone season at Washington.
Fultz shot just 41.4 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three, so he can only go up from here. Using his size and speed to attack the rim and grab rebounds while also making plays for others will be his M.O. once he returns. Rehabbing his shoulder will continue well into the year, but knowing he looks better shooting the ball and has the chance to affect the game in other aspects should give Magic fans a reason to be hopeful.
Gordon, Evan Fournier, Nikola Vučević and Terrence Ross surround Fultz on the depth chart and will cushion the need for Fultz to push himself and be a superhero. Fultz will take his time in returning to the court, but this is a nice first step.