Markelle Fultz, Philadelphia 76ers
Markelle Fultz‘s name has seemed to always be in the news since he became the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
It has been a wild ride for the 20-year-old guard. But he recently found some closure after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. The only other players in NBA history to have been diagnosed with the syndrome are Ben Uzoh and Landry Fields, whose careers fell off preemptively.
But those players were a bit older than Fultz. And none of those players have the potential within Fultz.
The early identification of the syndrome could bode well for Fultz’s future.
While his on the court numbers have not been outstanding — 8.2 points per game, 3.7 rebounds per game and 3.1 assists per game in just 19 games — Fultz has shown flashes of his superstar potential.
Dave Early of Liberty Ballers reported earlier this week the Magic have expressed interest in the trouble point guard. The 76ers are likely still seeking a pretty steep price to acquire him. There remains hope he can fulfill his potential in Philadelphia.
But the Magic and Fultz just may be a perfect fit for one another.
Fultz would get a fresh start with a small market yet play with a competitive team. He also would not be expected to contribute immediately. Orlando would get a young point guard with tremendous potential that could initially serve as a backup who can grow into a starter.