Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz and his season-long shoulder issue is hands down the most bizarre storyline of the 2017-18 NBA season.
Despite the fact that Fultz’s jump shot looked broken throughout training camp and preseason, the 76ers were reluctant to address the issue until it had gotten too severe to ignore. After weeks of pretending there was no issue with Fultz, the 76ers finally admitted that he had been dealing with some sort of shoulder discomfort and that they would be shutting him down for a few weeks.
Those weeks quickly turned into months, and now we’re at the halfway point of the 2017-18 NBA season, and the timetable for Fultz’s return is nonexistent. We know virtually nothing concrete about Fultz’s injury, but we do know his jump shot doesn’t look any better than it did in October when the 76ers shut him down. Fultz has been a limited participant in practice and shootaround, and the footage of his jump shot coming out of those workouts hasn’t been promising.