Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz out indefinitely because of right shoulder

Steve Phelps
October 31, 2017

The Sixers announced Sunday that Fultz will be out indefinitely because of "soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder".

Former No. 1 pick Ben Simmons missed all of last season with an injury and 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid played less than 40 games over his first three seasons because of injuries. I kept wondering how they knew three games would heal a shoulder when they weren't completely sure what the problem was. Ben Kibler of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky and two Major League Baseball team doctors, the consensus opinion on Fultz's shoulder is that there is no structural damage. This is potentially really bad for The Process.

Fultz visited several specialists and there is no structural damage in the shoulder. Fultz averaged 6 points and made just 9 of 27 shots. Fultz never looked right to begin the season and it's not a surprise to see Philly take a cautious route with the No. 1 pick.

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People close to Fultz, including his personal trainer, say Fultz changed his shot because of the discomfort in his shoulder.

The best thing for Fultz would be to stop playing until he's fully healthy. Philadelphia felt Fultz, with his outside shooting ability, was the flawless player to pair with Simons in the backcourt.

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