Markelle Fultz’s mission to resurrect his profession in Orlando took a blow Wednesday night time when he tore his left ACL driving to the basket in a 105-94 win over the Cavaliers.
Fultz suffered the damage within the first quarter as he tried to seek out house to shoot within the lane. He’ll miss the rest of the 2020-21 season.
The 22-year-old, picked No. 1 total by the 76ers within the 2017 NBA Draft, had been averaging the most effective numbers of his profession by means of his first seven video games. His scoring common (14.3) and help common (6.1) had been larger than ever, and was lastly capturing above 80 p.c from the road after capturing 53.four p.c from the stripe in his first two professional campaigns.
Along with the ACL setback, Fultz has handled shoulder issues all through his profession which have been used to clarify his subpar jumper.
Philadelphia traded Fultz to the Magic two years in the past for Jonathon Simmons and a pair of draft picks — a lightweight return after the 76ers had ceded the chance to pick out Jayson Tatum with a view to decide him.
Fultz has seemingly benefited from each the change of surroundings and a extra affected person fan base. His progress, although, might be placed on maintain for the foreseeable future.