When the Sixers chose Markelle Fultz with the number one of the 2017 draft they put their hopes for their closest future on it. The base had to be, along with Simmons and Embiid, the base of the ring that so many years have been looking for, but the injuries truncated that dream. Two seasons later, defenestrated by the Sixers, Fultz ended up in Orlando this summer, where without pain in his shoulder he has begun to show the talent that led him to captivate all franchises when he played in the Huskies.
Just a few encounters after his debut with Philadelphia, a shoulder pain began Fultz’s nightmare. Rest, physiotherapy treatment, specialists … nothing improved the base, which could only return to the slopes (depleted) in the last leg of the season. Even with its obvious limitations, Fultz managed to become the youngest to achieve a triple double (19 years and 317 days), although that did not mean the end of his injuries.
Again the following year he saw more matches from the bench than from the court. Opacado, in addition, by the arrival of Jimmy Butler. He then took the opportunity to work on his launch, changing the mechanics to avoid loading his battered shoulder. The work paid off, but they didn’t get it that way in Philadelphia, who decided to transfer him to Orlando in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two rounds of the draft. Calderilla for the value that the base could have.
In the Magic, Fultz has found the love he needed. He started the season on the bench, although more to take away pressure than for lack of confidence. In fact, he soon caught a starting position with which the team has improved.
Last night, against the Lakers – the best team in the West – the Magic won a new victory, led by a spectacular Markelle Fultz, author of 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. His best game of the year on the most complicated court.
Markelle Fultz (17 PTS, 11 REB, 9 AST) handles and spins it off the glass! #MagicAboveAll
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To win the Lakers, Fultz had to bring to light all his talent, including two trays at the last minute with which he closed the victory. “These last minutes are what I always dreamed of,” the player acknowledged at the end of the match.
«The kid is doing well and does not stop improving. Today he has managed the game and closed it big, ”said Aaron Gordon, one of his teammates. .