In a game against the Cavaliers, Markelle Fultz drove to the basket, collided with Cavaliers Rookie Isaac Okoro, and fell to the ground. Immediately, people knew that this was serious, as while Okoro got up fine, Markelle was rolling on the ground in pain, holding his knee. Markelle Fultz had just suffered a torn ACL. In case that sounds familiar for reasons you don’t fully realize, Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the 2012 playoffs, leaving the league’s youngest MVP robbed of his explosiveness.
The first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz was originally considered a bust in Philadelphia, where he had shoulder problems and had to learn all over again how to shoot a basketball. His form never looked the same, but he started looking something like the player he once was when he was traded to Orlando. In his first season where he played over 70 games, Markelle averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.3 rebounds on 47% shooting. This season, in eight games, Markelle averaged nearly identical stats as the year before, with 12.9 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds on 40% shooting.
It was very disappointing at first to see Markelle struggle in the NBA, so when he started to make a comeback on the Magic, everyone was rooting for him. Unfortunately, the comeback might take a little longer than expected; or never happen at all. Let’s all pray for Markelle Fultz right now that his surgery goes as expected and he will be able to get back on the court, as last night he was taken off the court in a wheelchair.