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Orlando Magic leader Markelle Fultz will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear in his left knee for Wednesday’s game against Cleveland Cavaliers, the team ad.
Fultz fell while rolling through the paint a few minutes into the game. The team ruled him out for the remainder of the competition shortly after, noting that he would be evaluated further.
Injury has been a constant story around Fultz since the Philadelphia 76ers brought him into the league by making him the No.1 pick in the 2017 Draft.
The 22-year-old has only appeared in 14 games as a rookie and averaged 7.1 points, 3.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds while attempting a single three-pointer. A shoulder injury took him away from the field and appeared to impact his shooting form while playing.
After 19 games in his second season, his agent, Raymond Brothers, told the 76ers that his client would not play or train until he saw a specialist, per David aldridge of Athletic.
Adrian Wojnarowski ESPN wrote at the time that Fultz “has lost the ability to perform and track long jump shots, and there has been internal and external debate as to how much of this puzzling circumstance is physical versus mental.”
To his credit, the playmaker rebounded last season and averaged 12.1 points, 5.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals while helping Orlando advance to the playoffs.
He’s been even better in seven games this season with 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 steals per night.
Look for Cole Anthony to serve as the main point guard with Fultz sidelined, while Dwayne Bacon and Terrence Ross will likely provide assistance in handling the ball.