Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz
22-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Seemingly in an attempt to build Fultz's confidence, Sixers' coach Brett Brown started the point guard for the first 15 games of the season, despite Fultz still dealing with the shoulder issues that plagued him throughout his rookie season. While he averaged a solid 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 24.4 minutes as a starter, he posted just 9.0 points per game on 41.2 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from distance and 57.6 percent from the charity stripe. Following those 15 starts, Brown had Fultz come off the bench for the next four games, where his workload was reduced to 15.3 minutes per contest. Those were the last games he played for the 76ers. He was eventually diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and dealt to the Magic, who were in a better position to take on the inherent risk that Fultz presents. Since then, it's essentially been radio silence on Fultz's recovery, and there has been quite literally no indication as to whether or not he will be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season. A true best-case scenario would involve Fultz returning to his pre-draft form and playing up to the level of an elite talent, but that seems unlikely at this point. Fantasy owners have justification to select the point guard with the final pick in a standard draft, hoping Fultz can at least play at a starting-caliber level. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $15.37 million contract with the 76ers in October of 2017. 76ers exercised $9.75 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Traded to the Magic in February of 2019. Magic exercised $12.28 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

Markelle N'Gai Fultz is the son of Ebony Fultz. He was born in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in 1998. Fultz played his high school ball at the famed DeMatha Catholic High in Hyattsville, Maryland. DeMatha has produced numerous NBA players. As a senior, Fultz led DeMatha to the Maryland Private School League Championship. He was also named a McDonald's All-American. Fultz then earned MVP honors at the FIBA Americas World Championship in 2016. Follow Fultsz on Twitter (@MarkelleF) and Instagram (@MarkelleFultz).

College/International Summary

Fultz showed flashes of brilliance during his one-and-done season with the Washington Huskies, though he was ultimately limited to just 25 games. He missed six of the team's final eight games with a knee injury and didn't get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament, with Washington putting together a 9-22 record on the year. When healthy, Fultz led the Huskies in both shot rate and usage rate, but he was efficient as well, shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 41.3 percent from distance. He led the entire Pac-12 in scoring at 23.2 PPG, which was also good for sixth in the nation that season. It wasn't just scoring, however, as Fultz chipped in 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. When it was all said and done, Fultz not only made the Pac-12 All-Freshman team, but he took home First-Team All-Conference honors as well. He was selected first overall in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Posts 18 points vs. Nets
GOrlando Magic
August 11, 2020
Fultz recorded 18 points (7-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 108-96 loss to the Nets.
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Tuesday marked Fultz's third game in a row scoring in double-digits, though the Magic have lost each contest. Still, it's encouraging that Fultz has been comfortable being aggressive offensively since he took fewer than 10 shots in 29 games this season.
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Past Season Summaries
2018

Fultz began his second NBA season as a starter in the 76ers' backcourt before an early-season acquisition of four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler moved Fultz to a supporting role. Fultz dealt with a shoulder injury for several months and was eventually shut down for the season after appearing in 19 games. He averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 22.5 minutes per game. Fultz scored a career-high 16 points against Atlanta on October 29 and also matched his season-high with seven assists in the game. He previously handed out seven assists against Orlando on Oct. 20. The-20 year-old recorded a career-best three steals on Nov. 7 against Indiana. He improved his field goal percentage to 41.9 percent and free-throw percentage to 56.8 percent. Fultz played a career-high 27 minutes against Milwaukee on Oct. 24. He scored in double-digits on back-to-back games on Oct. 27 and 29 against the Hornets and the Hawks, respectively. On Feb. 7, the 76ers traded Fultz to the Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and two future draft picks. He did not appear in a game for the Magic in 2018-19.

2017

Entering the league as the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz struggled with injuries in his first NBA season. He was limited to just 14 games, but Fultz put plenty of good moments on tape when he did suit up. Fultz's offensive production - relative to the minutes he received - was excellent. He averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in just 18.1 minutes. Fultz added 1.2 steals/blocks per game for good measure. Not only is Fultz the rare 19-year-old who can beat you in a variety of ways, but the Sixers played exceptionally well in the games Fultz did play. In the 14 games in which Fultz saw action, Philadelphia went 11-3. Fultz scored in double figures on 10 separate occasions and posted five or more rebounds and/or five or more assists four different times. Fultz ended the season in style. In Philadelphia's final regular season game against Milwaukee on April 11, Fultz posted a massive 13-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double. He also appeared in three playoff games for the Sixers, averaging just 1.7 points, 1.7 assists and 1.0 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • February 7, 2019
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Orlando Magic for Jonathon Simmons, a 2019 2nd round draft pick and a 2020 1st round draft pick (picks contain stipulations).
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A stellar freshman season at Washington earned Fultz the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft and immediately made him one of the more intriguing rookies to consider drafting for Fantasy leagues. However, the season didn't turn out like most had hoped and a handful of different issues kept Fultz off the floor for all but 14 games. Most notably was a sore right shoulder, which impacted his ability to shoot consistently and make plays for his teammates. Adding on to that, those issues also impacted Fultz's confidence and that mental hurdle itself was also a contributor in the youngster's extended stay on the sidelines. While it was essentially a lost season, there were at least a few things put on tape that Fultz will be able to build on, including a surprising 13-point, 10-rebound, 10-assist triple-double that he notched in the final game of the regular season. With an offseason to clear his mind and essentially start over, look for Fultz to become a regular contributor in the Sixers' rotation. He's reportedly rebuilt his jumper from scratch, which is always concerning for those considering taking a risk on him before seeing the final product. That said, the Sixers don't necessarily have a ton of quality depth in the backcourt, so Fultz seems likely to take over backup point guard duties right away if T.J. McConnell doesn't somehow hold him off. Look for Fultz to be a late-round flier in most Fantasy formats due to his overall upside, but there's definitely concerns about him staying on the court and having any sort of consistency while debuting a brand new shooting stroke.
Fultz played just one season at Washington, during which he finished sixth in the country in scoring with 23.2 points per game while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 41.3 percent from deep. He was a lone bright spot for team, as they won just nine games, and posted 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game in addition to his great scoring. One of the main reasons Fultz makes for an intriguing prospect is due to his size, boasting a 6-foot-9.75 wingspan as a 6-foot-4 point guard. Questions still remain about whether or not he can become a transcendent player, but when paired with the full potential of the 76ers, he should become a contributor from Day 1. In the past, the Sixers have stated that Ben Simmons will play point guard -- a plan that may or may not change with Fultz's selection, as he’s a capable off-ball player. Regardless, it seems like he could see a 30-plus minute workload during his rookie campaign and should make for an intriguing Fantasy option. As it stands, he should probably be worth a look in the mid rounds of most Fantasy leagues. Out of all the rookies, however, he may be one of the few worth reaching for considering his projected role, workload and usage.
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Goes for 16 and 10 off bench
GOrlando Magic
August 9, 2020
Fultz had 16 points (7-18 FG, 0-4 3PT, 2-2 FT), 10 assists and six rebounds in Sunday's loss to Boston.
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Plays 20 minutes off bench
GOrlando Magic
August 2, 2020
Fultz scored 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-2 3PT, 0-2 FT) off the bench in Sunday's win over the Kings.
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On bench with minutes increase
GOrlando Magic
August 2, 2020
Magic coach Steve Clifford said Fultz will remain on the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings, but the point guard is expected to see an increase in playing time from the 19 minutes he logged in Friday's win over the Nets, Josh Robbins of The Athletic reports.
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To play off bench
GOrlando Magic
July 31, 2020
Fultz will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Nets, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports. He is not expected to play significant minutes.
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Will play in Monday's scrimmage
GOrlando Magic
July 27, 2020
Fultz has been cleared to play in Monday's scrimmage against Denver, Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com reports.
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