PHILADELPHIA–When one seems to be again at Markelle Fultz and his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, one will see that it wasn’t very productive.
The No. 1 total decide within the 2017 NBA draft had a goal on him moderately rapidly after the Sixers moved up from No. 3 to No. 1 after a commerce with the Boston Celtics with the intention to choose him. The thought was that Fultz would be part of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the time to type a Large 3 and compete for a title.
As an alternative, Fultz handled a ton of adversity. The younger man out of Washington solely performed 14 video games in his rookie season attributable to a shoulder damage, he then was a starter on opening night time in his second season, however he solely performed 19 video games attributable to one other weird shoulder damage.
There have been then stories that he had the “yips” and there have been a whole lot of “he stated, she stated” stuff, and after simply 33 video games with the Sixers, he was despatched to the Orlando Magic on the 2019 deadline.
On Monday night time, Fultz is about to play in his first sport again in Philadelphia for the reason that deal after coping with extra accidents in Orlando and he opened up on his time with the Sixers and any feelings strolling into the Wells Fargo Middle.
On his feelings coming again to Philadelphia
“I believe the final time I truly made myself to the sector since I’ve been traded was—I wasn’t taking part in I used to be on the bench, however at all times enjoyable to return again right here. The followers are one in every of a form right here. So simply the environment right here and the expertise of being drafted right here, it’s positively going to be enjoyable to have the ability to step on the courtroom and play tonight (Monday).”
On if he nonetheless talks to Embiid
“We discuss each every so often. It’s not like an on a regular basis foundation, however we’ve got a whole lot of love for one another. Since I received right here, I jumped on FaceTime and we had been simply speaking a little bit little bit of trash to one another and simply speaking a little bit bit, however I nonetheless discuss to a lot of the guys right here and there. A number of the employees too as nicely. Each time we see one another we at all times discuss so once more, we’ve got these relationships that final a lifetime that I made right here in Philly and all through the seasons of me being right here. I positively have plenty of people who I discuss to.”
How he would describe his time with the Sixers
“Superb. They drafted me right here they usually supported me by way of every little thing. In fact, I want I may have accomplished extra, however going by way of accidents and every little thing that occurred right here, I nonetheless suppose it was a really dope expertise so far as simply the camaraderie and being on the group that we had right here. Very proficient guys and once more, assembly the people who I had the prospect to satisfy so I believe it was a constructive factor. Every thing occurs for a cause. I’m a agency believer in that. So once more, I’m very grateful for every little thing that Philly has accomplished for me.”
How he feels with the Magic
In 29 video games within the 2022-23 season, Fultz is averaging 12.1 factors and 5.6 assists whereas taking pictures 50% from the ground and 34.2% from deep.
Fultz: “I really feel superb, man. I nonetheless really feel like I’ve lots to enhance on and lots to work on, however once more, I’m actually having fun with this means of simply waking up on daily basis and having fun with it and with the ability to play the sport I really like and have enjoyable doing it. I believe the largest factor is that I’m on the market simply competing and having enjoyable and I’m actually having fun with the method of simply getting higher on daily basis.”
On if he believes he wanted the commerce to Orlando to be productive
“Not essentially. I simply suppose it was a matter of timing simply getting wholesome actually. Once more, every little thing occurs for a cause and I really feel like I can deliver worth to any group that I’m on. It simply occurred to be that I received traded from Philly and received a brand new alternative. So in fact, I’m grateful for the chance. It positively opened up a brand new pathway and new individuals and new on daily basis. I believe it was only a matter of me getting wholesome once I was there, however I’m positively grateful for the brand new alternative and I’m grateful.”
Reflecting on his time in Philadelphia
“Simply attempting to get that grind to get again on the courtroom, however me personally I felt a whole lot of love. Simply from the followers, from my teammates, individuals like that. You clearly at all times have these few followers and folks which can be doubting and hating and need different issues to go on, however for essentially the most half, everyone simply needed success actually. So no matter we needed to do to get that, it was that that was being accomplished however once more, my teammates did an incredible job of supporting me and I did job of simply attempting to get again on courtroom.”