Fultz is in dangerous territory of being labeled as a bust.
Ever since being drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the first overall pick, Markelle Fultz hasn't been able to live up to expectations. A shoulder injury has plagued his ability to shoot over the last two seasons and with a plethora of talent around him, the 76ers quickly became fed up. At the trade deadline, the 76ers sent Fultz packing to the Orlando Magic where he is now continuing his recovery. While Fultz was previously rehabbing his shoulder in California, he is now spending his time closer to his teammates.
"I think it's what's best for me and the team," Fultz told The Athletic. "(It's beneficial) just being around these guys, so they see my face and I see their face. I'm going to learn as much as I can. As we make this push for the playoffs, I want to be here with my guys and just support them."
While there is no timetable for Fultz' return, the 20-year-old is adamant that he'll be back on the court soon.
"I'm definitely getting better each and every day," Fultz said. "That's what a lot of people didn't know about TOS: It's very tricky, and the pain is different for different people. But that's what I'm working on now in rehab: just getting better each and every day. And the progression that I'm making is very good."
The Orlando Magic are currently battling for a playoff spot as they are ranked 9th in the Eastern Conference just 1.5 games back of a playoff spot.