Markelle Fultz
Markelle Fultz
22-Year-Old GuardG
Orlando Magic  NBA  
Orlando Magic
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Injury Knee
Est. Return 10/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Fultz came off the bench for the first five games to kick off his first season in Orlando, but he secured a role as a full-time starter the rest of the way and finished with a career-high 27.7 minutes per contest. His production responded accordingly, as he posted 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and a team-high 5.1 assists per game while hitting 46.5 percent of hits shots and 26.7 percent from distance. Most notably, Fultz stayed healthy and played all but one game in the shortened season after logging just 35 contests over his first two years with the Association due to shoulder injuries. He'll be 22 years old at the start of the 2020-21 season, affording the former No. 1 overall pick (2017) a reasonable hope of returning to his pre-injury form. That upside should warrant a late-round flier for fantasy managers with a chance to cash in on major production. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension with the Magic in December of 2020.
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.

Out for season with torn ACL
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Out For Season
January 6, 2021
Fultz suffered a torn ACL in his left knee Wednesday against the Cavalier and will miss the rest of the season, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel reports.
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Fultz suffered the injury during the first quarter of Wednesday's contest. It's brutal news for both the Magic and the 22-year-old Fultz, who signed a three-year, $50 million extension in December. Rookie Cole Anthony figures to step into an increased role with Fultz sidelined.
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In his first full season with the Magic, Fultz appeared in a career-high 72 games, averaging career-highs in scoring (12.1 PPG), assists (5.1 APG), steals (1.3 SPG) and minutes (27.7 MPG) per game. Fultz also shot career-bests from the field (46.5% FG) and from the free throw line (73.0% FT). On Dec. 20, Fultz scored a then-career-best 20 points to go with six assists and two steals during a win at Washington. On Jan. 6, the point guard generated a new career-high 25 points, plus five boards, four assists and two steals in a home win over the Nets. Fultz delivered his second career triple-double on Jan. 15 during a one-point road win over the Lakers. Fultz finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. In a Feb. 3 win over Charlotte, Fultz handed out a career-high 14 assists to go with 12 points and two steals. Through the final 19 games before the All-Star break, Fultz averaged 13.5 points, 5.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals per contest while shooting 48.4 percent from the field. In the NBA bubble, Fultz appeared in all 13 of the Magic's games, including the playoffs. In Orlando's Game 1 victory over Milwaukee, Fultz had 15 points, six assists, two rebounds and one block. For the series, Fultz posted averages of 12.0 points, 5.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 29.2 minutes.

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).
  • December 21, 2020
    Signed a three-year, $50 million contract extension with the Orlando Magic.
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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.
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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Suffers knee injury Wednesday
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Out For Season
January 6, 2021
Fultz won't return to Wednesday's game against the Cavaliers after sustaining a left knee injury.
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Cools off in Thursday's loss
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January 1, 2021
Fultz contributed nine points (4-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes during Thursday's 116-92 loss to the 76ers.
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Posts double-double in win
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December 29, 2020
Fultz registered 11 points (4-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds and a steal across 32 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.
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Second straight 20-point effort
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December 28, 2020
Fultz tallied 26 points (11-21 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 29 minutes Sunday in the Magic's 120-113 win over the Wizards.
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Strong in Saturday victory
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December 26, 2020
Fultz totaled 21 points (7-13 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-8 FT), four rebounds and seven assists in a victory versus Washington on Saturday.
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