What Markelle Fultz's indefinite absence means for the Sixers

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Philadelphia 76ers guard and first-overall draft pick Markelle Fultz has been having shoulder problems. So much so that he doesn't even look like a sixth-grade girl when shooting free throws. The Sixers initially announced Wednesday he would miss three games and be reevaluated this coming Tuesday. Fultz will be re-evaluated by Dr. Kleber in three weeks, making his earliest possible return date November 20 against the Utah Jazz. This is potentially really bad for The Process.

Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder, but no structural damage to the joint.

Add to that, the visible issue with Fultz's shot.

Fultz has been hampered by his shoulder all season.


He had averaged 23.3 points in his lone college season with the University of Washington. 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown have suggested Fultz changed his shot before the injury.

Markelle Fultz will take more time before he returns to the court.

T.J. McConnell has already shown great use of Fultz's minutes at point guard, and it's likely McConnell will continue to play an increased role while Fultz is in recovery. Finally, Ben Simmons missed the whole of his rookie season due to a Jones fracture.

Fultz has appeared in four games this season, all off the bench.

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