Markelle Fultz out at least 3 weeks with shoulder injury, 76ers announce


Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in June's draft, had a cortisone shot in his shoulder on October 5, according to his agent, Raymond Brothers, and hasn't played since Monday.

Fultz, 19, had a cortisone shot in his shoulder on October 5, according to his agent, and hasn't played since last Monday.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (right shoulder) has been ruled out indefinitely with "soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder".

Fultz clearly isn't his same self yet on the floor. Fultz hasn't looked to shoot at all and has relied exclusively on drives to the basket.

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As Jack Maloney of CBS Sports detailed, there has been debate about whether his changed shooting form contributed to his shoulder injury or the other way around.

Originally, the 76ers said nothing was wrong with Fultz, and then questioned whether Fultz tweaked his shoulder while messing with his jump shot release. The decision to shut the No. 1 pick down for at least the next three weeks was made after he met with numerous shoulder specialists. He was shooting 33 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line. Both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid missed entire seasons, although both have been health and performing at extremely high levels so far this season.

The Sixers (2-4) are coming off a 112-110 win in Dallas and play the Houston Rockets on Monday night.