2020 Orlando Magic Player Outlook: Markelle Fultz

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Orlando Magic, Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz is still a mystery to the Orlando Magic.(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Markelle Fultz has not lived up to expectations since he was drafted number one overall. Fultz will have to overcome injury to finally make an impact.

Markelle Fultz has a great opportunity coming up in 2020.

Not only can Markelle Fultz prove all his doubters wrong on the court, but he can also become a leader of an Eastern Conference playoff team and reclaim the destiny his career seemed set to take when he was taken with the top overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The Orlando Magic are primed and ready to take off in 2020. They will need Fultz to stay healthy mentally and physically to accomplish their goals.

That may be easier said than done.

Fultz was diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome while he was a Philadelphia 76ers. He has been undergoing physical therapy ever since — mostly behind the scenes. But the relationship with Philadelphia had broken down completely.

Due to his situation, Fultz was traded from the 76ers to the Magic at the trade deadline. Orlando only sent out veteran guard Jonathon Simmons, a protected first-round pick (top-20 protected in the 2020 NBA Draft) and a second-round selection in the upcoming June draft.

Simmons was already out of the Magic’s rotation at the time of the trade. And that first-round pick comes from the Oklahoma City Thunder who no longer seem likely to fall outside the top-20 of the draft.

Fultz is a potentially strong player whom the Magic got for virtually nothing at the end of the day.

They just have to show the patience to let Fultz recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. Fultz did not play for the Magic after that trade. But he did join the team on the bench for their playoff run.

Throughout the offseason though, Orlando has offered no clue of Fultz’s progress. The team has only said he is making progress and they are happy with his work. But they will not put a timetable on his return. It remains unclear whether he will be able to participate in training camp.

Fultz has been a mystery all offseason. But he remains a huge bundle of potential for a team with big hopes for the upcoming season.

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