Markelle Fultz is back for the Philadelphia 76ers. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft hasn’t played since October 23 due to his mysterious shoulder injury, but on Monday evening, Sixers coach Brett Brown announced that the talented scoring guard would make his way back into the team’s rotation against the Denver Nuggets.
While Fultz wasn’t going to start, Brown stressed that he wasn’t going to be on any kind of a minutes restriction as he tries to work off the rust. At the very least, we know Sixers fans are excited to see their guard of the future, as evidenced by the fact that those at the Wells Fargo Center exploded as he took the floor.
From the time Fultz made his way to the scorer’s table for the first time in 68 games, fans began their raucous applause.
A few moments later, Fultz got the opportunity to check in with just under three minutes remaining in the first quarter. Upon taking the floor, Sixers fans rose to their feet to cheer, and a minute into his shift, Fultz managed to get on the scoreboard.
Fultz played six minutes in the game’s first half, going 1-for-4 from the field for two points with three assists and a rebound. Even if he doesn’t look like the No. 1 overall pick right away as he’s getting back into game shape, it’s still really good to see the 19 year old on the floor.