Markelle Fultz injury: 76ers guard diagnosed with shoulder issue


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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