Death, Taxes, and Injured 76er’s Rookies

Stop me if you have heard this before, but the 76er’s first-round pick is injured… again. This week, it was announced that Markelle Fultz has suffered a shoulder injury which will sideline him for the next three games at the very least. What exactly happened to his shoulder? I don’t think anybody knows. Originally, it was reported that Fultz had fluid drained from the back of his shoulder, but then was later said that he actually had fluid put into his shoulder via cortisone shot.

Fultz’ agent said that Markelle “is physically unable to lift his shoulder high enough to shoot.” That would explain a lot because he has one of the worst shooting forms in NBA history. Don’t believe me? Just look at this.

Horrendous stuff from the first overall pick. How do you get to the NBA and totally forget how to shoot the ball? That is actually impossible to fully understand. This terrible shooting form is a possible reason for his shoulder injury. This past August, Fultz reportedly was changing his shooting form as he entered the NBA. This rapid change caused strain on his shoulder leading to the mystery injury.

Although we do not know what the future of this season holds for Flutz, we do know these things: he is hurting, could be out for an extended time, his shot is broken, and the 76ers handle their injuries terribly.

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane:

2014

Drafted Joel Embiid with the 3rd pick

Missed entire season with broken foot

2015

Drafted Jahlil Okafor with the 3rd pick

Missed second half of season with partially torn meniscus

Awful at basketball

Joel Embiid misses second straight season due to his broken foot not healing correctly

2016

Drafted Ben Simmons with the 1st pick

Missed entire season with broken foot

Joel Embiid out for the rest of season with torn meniscus 31 games into the season

2017

Drafted Markelle Fultz with the 1st pick

Mystery shoulder injury

This obviously is not an ideal pattern the 76ers got themselves into. At this point, it is almost comical. They should probably just shut Fultz down for the year and deal with the jokes and memes that will flood social media. You would rather have a healthy Fultz for his career rather than rush him back his rookie season for no real reason other than to maybe make the playoffs and lose in the first round. Either way, the real winner of this mess is Danny Ainge. He really dodged a bullet trading that pick away and picking Tatum. Let’s hope that Fultz becomes healthy and starts playing like the player he is hyped up to be. For now, its nothing but rest and Chic-fil-a for old Markelle.

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