Finally, we've got an answer. For months, the world has been wondering about the issues plaguing the 2017 #1 overall pick, Markelle Fultz.
Anything from the yips to a strange motorcycle accident, we've been told a wide range of stories concerning the kid's shooting troubles. For a while, nobody was sure what to believe.
For now, we might finally have an answer.
“Markelle (Fultz) has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury," says Agent Raymond Brothers in a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely shoot a basketball...”
In the statement, he mentions that TOS is treatable by physical therapy.
If this is as severe as he claims, it would explain the inconsistencies in Markelle's shot. The larger concern, the one no doubt on every NBA GM's mind, is whether or not this is recoverable. Sure, it might improve, but can Fultz ever trust his shoulder again after apparent nerve damage like that? At the very least, it's questionable.
No matter your opinion on the kid, it's just not good to see so many obstacles get in his way so early into his career. The Sixers saw something in him when they picked him #1, and most of us are only wishing he could remind the world what exactly it was that they saw.
Now that he knows what's wrong, and the mystery is over, perhaps it'll be easier to rehab his way out of it.
It'll be a long road ahead for Fultz, but he's definitely got some time to recover from what has so far been a rather unfortunate NBA career.