The Philadelphia 76ers traded up for the right to select Markelle Fultz. He promptly missed 69 games.
Game 73 arrived Monday and with it came Fultz, who’s had to rework his shooting form for much of the last five months due to a shoulder injury. First impressions: Not too bad.
Fultz opened his NBA career scoring with a wide-open layup on a backdoor cut and kept things flowing for the Sixers, who were plus-16 when he was on the floor. The guard finished his night with 10 points, eight assists and four rebounds in just 14 minutes of action.
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— x – Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 27, 2018
Philadelphia is heading to the playoffs after a half-decade of extreme tanking, building a solid young core featuring Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, as well as Fultz. The rookie entered the NBA draft in 2017 after averaging 23.2 points, 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, and shooting 41.3 percent from deep. He didn’t attempt a 3-pointer on Monday.
He did, however, get some support from a fellow Philadelphia professional athlete who also happened to share Seattle with him back in their college days:
Let’s go brodie @MarkelleF !!!
— Sidney Jones IV (@SidneyJonesIV) March 27, 2018