(via Sports Illustrated)

Since being drafted first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz has played a total of 33 games in two seasons with the Sixers, averaging just over 7 points per game on 41% shooting.

After being traded to Orlando in February’s trade deadline, Fultz has been given a chance to start over. But many are wondering if he will ever be able to recover from what has been a disastrous start to his career.

If his teammate Aaron Gordon is giving an honest indication about the status of his young teammate, Markelle’s game seems to be headed in a positive direction.

“(Fultz) is a sleeper,” Gordon said during a recent interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio. “If he wakes up and if he’s awake and woken up, he’s a monster. A monster. People are sleeping on him. That’s what I mean by, ‘He’s a sleeper.’ People are sleeping on him. He’s going to be huge for our team.”

Fultz was made famous for his days as a scorer in the University of Washington, where the young guard was able to provide points in any number of ways. Unfortunately, his time in the league has not reflected this skillset, and a mysterious shoulder injury has handicapped his shooting stroke for the past two years.

As of late March, word was that he was making progress on his rehab. We have received no further updates since, and his return date remains unknown.

 

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