Don’t expect Markelle Fultz to be on the court anytime soon for the Philadelphia 76ers as he continues to battle a shoulder injury.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is going to be out for at least two to three more weeks. He was examined on Saturday at the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, and the doctors saw enough improvement that it doesn’t appear there is any structural damage.
It wouldn’t surprise anyone if the 76ers decided to shut him down for the season though. That is the route they took with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons after drafting those players. Also, there is no rush for Fultz. He is a young guy with plenty of time left to prove himself. Ben Simmons is able to hold things down at the point guard position this season anyway.
The Sixers will reevaluate Fultz a few weeks from now and see if the soreness in his shoulder has subsided even more. Hopefully he will continue diligently with his physiotherapy, because Philadelphia might need him if they make the playoffs.
This team actually reminds me a lot of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the season they finally reached the postseason. They faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round that year and forced a six-game series, which isn’t the way you want to start a championship run if you are the No. 1 overall seed. The teams in the Eastern Conference should do their best to keep the Sixers out of the playoffs, because nobody is going to want to face them if they are fully healthy.
Fultz could get some minutes again once his shoulder feels completely better, but in the meantime you can watch Joel Embiid and Simmons ball out for the next few weeks. My bet is that we won’t see Fultz play again until at least January, and the Sixers should only allow him out there if the shoulder is feeling right.