The first overall pick in the 2017 draft played four games before going ghost because of a mysterious shoulder injury that had some connection to his tweaked jumped which directly impacted how he started the season.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been known to shelve their talented young players for entire seasons at a time, and it appeared that Markelle Fultz was essentially headed for that fate. The 76ers' defeated the Denver Nuggets 123-104.
He was given a standing ovation by the Philadelphia crowd when he came off the bench during the first quarter. But Fultz - whose awkward shooting form made him a punchline in the National Basketball Association - fired an airball later in the quarter.
Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds for the Sixers.
Entering this season, the 76ers (42-30) had lost 301 games in the past five campaigns, and Hinkie was pushed out in 2016, but there were flashes of potential in 2016/17 as they "improved" to 28-54 after winning 47 games the previous three seasons combined.
In three Summer League games, Fultz averaged 18 points on 41 percent shooting from the field.
He has been diligently working his way back, but 76ers coach Brett Brown insisted he would not bring the rookie back until he told them he was ready to play.
Fultz stayed aggressive on the next possession by slicing to the hoop in transition and this time finishing an unorthodox lay-up off the glass.
In January I accepted that Markelle Fultz wasn't going to return this season, and that it was going to take a whole off-season for him to get his much-debated Jumpshot back to what it was when he was considered the consensus number 1 pick at Washington.
Hornets 137, Knicks 128 (OT): Kemba Walker had 31 points, including 11 in overtime, and Dwight Howard added 23 points to lead Charlotte over visiting NY. "You know, the people around him have done great things, and I give that kid credit, he will be with us tonight". "I want more. I want our players to hear me say that".
Marc Gasol added 20 points, including a pair of foul shots with 14.5 seconds left to up the lead to six, and also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double.
The 76ers rank third in points allowed in the paint per game (41.8) while the Nuggets rank 24th (46.8).
Celtics were without star guard Kyrie Irving, who had knee surgery on Saturday while the Suns were without their star guard, Devin Booker, who missed his fifth straight game with a hand injury. But with the No. 3 through No. 8 seeds separated by only a handful of games, every win still means a lot. And, of course, Denver blew a 19-point third-quarter advantage against the Clippers on February 27.
"It's ridiculous what he's been through", Brown said. Jokic finished with 25 points, 5 assists, 8 rebounds, 1 block and 3 threes with 2 turnovers in 37 minutes.
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