Philadelphia 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz out indefinitely because of right shoulder

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Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (20) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) and forward Jon Leuer (30) in the second half at Little Caesars Arena.

Fultz was drafted first overall in this year's NBA Draft and becomes just another Sixers rookie to miss time due to injury. "Fultz will be reevaluated by Dr. Kibler in approximately three weeks".

But in a statement today, the team said after that Fultz's consultation with shoulder specialists, he will remain out with "soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder".

There is an open debate as to whether Fultz changed his shot because he was hurt or the changes he made in his shot caused the injury.

The report also stated that Fultz had to have a cortisone shot in his shoulder back on October 5, suggesting the problem has been there for a while. He was putting up game averages of 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.

T.J. McConnell has already shown great use of Fultz's minutes at point guard, and it's likely McConnell will continue to play an increased role while Fultz is in recovery. That includes losing four of their first five games, but the 76ers did beat the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday (Oct. 28) to get another notch in the win column.

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