Markelle Fultz injury: 76ers guard diagnosed with shoulder issue

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The shooting woes of Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz have been attributed to several different things, but one real problem that's impacting his ability to shoot a basketball is thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

Fultz's agent revealed the diagnosis Tuesday:

The issue is treatable, so it's possible Fultz can fully recover and rediscover the excellent shooting that propelled him to the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft after a stellar freshman season for the University of Washington.

Fultz was removed from the 76ers lineup a few weeks ago after his agent announced he was seeing a specialist. The second-year guard was in the starting lineup most of the season before being relegated to a bench role after the 76ers acquired star forward Jimmy Butler in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Fultz didn't play well at either end of the floor as a starter. He's averaging 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from 3-point range and 56.8 percent from the free throw line.

His future with the 76ers also is in doubt. He reportedly no longer is in Philadelphia's long-term plans. Whether the 76ers actually would trade him this season is up for debate. After all, they gave up a lot to take him with the No. 1 pick acquired from the Boston Celtics in exchange for the 2017 No. 3 pick (Jayson Tatum) and a future first-round selection. The Celtics certainly dodged a bullet not taking Fultz.

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