|Date of Birth||5/29/1998|
|Height, Weight||6'4", 195 lbs|
|From||Upper Marlboro, MD|
|Drafted||2017 - Rd 1 by PHI|
|1||76ers lose their first game and there is no reason to panic|
|2||Phrasing! Paul Pierce awkwardly articulates take on Joel Embiid|
|3||Markelle Fultz says he’s close to 100 percent|
|4||Markelle Fultz continues to struggle on free throws|
|5||Brett Brown elusive on specifying Joel Embiid minutes restriction|
Markelle Fultz scored six points Friday on 2-of-9 shooting as the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Boston Celtics 102-92. Fultz grabbed three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -7 in his 16:53 on the floor. He added one steal.
Fultz hasn't been a factor so far with 16 total points in more than 33 total minutes over two games.
Markelle Fultz scored 10 points Wednesday, going 5 of 9 from the field, as the Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Washington Wizards 120-115. Fultz grabbed three rebounds and added an assist, accumulating a plus-minus of -18 in his 17:54 of playing time. He added one block.
Fultz got to make his NBA debut close to his home near the D.C. area suburbs. While there's all kinds of upside with Fultz, he's clearly not completely over the shoulder and knee injuries he battled during the preseason. As he gets healthy, Fultz will get more minutes and the production should follow.
Fultz finished with 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 18 minutes during Wednesday's 120-115 loss to the Wizards.
Fultz came off the bench and saw limited action after dealing with shoulder and knee injuries during the preseason. He'll seemingly get more run once he's feeling better and more comfortable within the gameplan, so it's hard to put a lot of stock in Wednesday's effort. That said, he was ultimately effective in his debut.
Fultz will come off the bench to start the season, Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Despite being the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz was limited throughout the preseason schedule because of a couple of different injuries, so coach Brett Brown isn't ready to have his prized rookie run the offense quite yet. Instead, Fultz will be brought off the bench, with the hope of easing him into what eventually should be a big role. That likely means Jerryd Bayless will start ahead of him, though the Sixers haven't stated exactly who will take that top spot right away. Coming off the bench certainly doesn't help Fultz's value right out of the gate, and he may need some time to develop into a reliable fantasy option, so monitor his progress over the first few weeks of the season. Fultz was also able to practice in full on Sunday and should be good to go for Wednesday's preseason opener against the Wizards.
Fultz (knee) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Heat, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Fultz did some limited work at Thursday's practice, but ultimately, his absence from Friday's game does not come as much of a surprise. The rookie point guard continues to battle knee soreness, and there has been no word as to whether or not he'll be ready for the regular season opener Wednesday against the Wizards. The team will likely remain cautious with Fultz until he is set to make a full-time return to the court.