According to ESPN, Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo told reporters today, "there's a chance that he's not going to play this year". At just 19, Fultz could potentially shake off his shoulder troubles and emerge as a post-injury star like Embiid and Simmons.
Here's a look at everything Colangelo had to say about Fultz.
Fultz is averaging an even six points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, with his last action coming all the way back on October 23.
Friday, Colangelo stood in front of the podium and didn't really provide any more clarity. All those things. That's the part that's a little bit of an unknown for us and our medical team. In various interviews, the coach said he expected Fultz to return this season.
"He's literally re-trained his shooting mechanics right now".
The rookie is essentially limited to close-range shots.
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"Again, there's a long recovery".
The Sixers would be spared some criticism if this wasn't the third year in a row in which injury woes have plagued their top draft picks. Ben Simmons sat all year, Nerlens Noel missed his whole rookie season and Joel Embiid missed all of his first two seasons in the National Basketball Association.
The Fultz injury saga seems more freaky and confounding than Embiid and Simmons. He has only played four games due to an ongoing right shoulder injury, as he may have changed his shooting mechanics in a chicken-or-the-egg scenario involving the injury, and into the new year there was no timetable for his return.
The 76ers can afford to be patient with Fultz, as Simmons and Embiid have carried the team to a 26-25 record, eighth in the Eastern Conference.
That was also the case before Fultz hit the shelf. Having a second straight No. 1 pick miss most, if not all of the season, would be a disaster.