Markelle Fultz – who was selected first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft – is expected to return to the court for the first time in over a year in the Orlando Magic’s Monday night (2/28) match-up against the Indiana Pacers, per NBA.com.
Fultz suffered a torn-ACL on January 6th, 2021 – and has been sidelined from game-action ever since.
“I’m just blessed just to be able to, one, be where I am today after going through an injury like this and being able to fight and just be back on the court with my brothers and friends,” Fultz said in an appearance on the Orlando Magic Pod Squad.
Fultz’s ACL injury was far from the first of his maligned NBA career.
Shortly after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, Fultz began experiencing shoulder discomfort – and was later diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome.
Fultz was promptly traded to Orlando; where he found a solid footing before tearing his ACL.
The Magic surely have high hopes that the 23 year-old guard will continue to develop into the all-star caliber player many pundits purposed he’d be.