The Philadelphia 76ers have announced that Markelle Fultz will be available to play against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. According to Sixers coach, Brett Brown, the rookie will be coming off the bench as Ben Simmons’ primary backup.
After being picked first in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz had a tumultuous start to his debut season. He was averaging 6 points on 33% shooting, while only making 50% of his free throws before being sidelined with a shoulder injury four games into the season. His recovery process has been a confusing mess for everyone attempting to keep up this season. Apparently, the Sixers guard had to relearn how to shoot a basketball, as evidenced by the videos that continually surfaced of Fultz showing off different shooting forms from his college days.
The news of the rookie’s return comes a day after the Sixers clinched a playoff spot for the first time since the 2011-12 season. There’s no doubt it will be interesting to see how he is integrated into a playoff team that has gone 8-2 over its last ten and is currently sitting 42-30 (good enough for fourth) in the Eastern Conference.
Catch Fultz’s return game tonight at 6 p.m. Central Time