It’s the reunion you’ve all been waiting for, or maybe you don’t care.
Regardless, Markelle Fultz will play against the Sixers in the regular season tonight, for the first time since he was traded to Orlando for Jonathon Simmons and a couple of draft picks.
Markelle has been steady, if unspectacular this season. He’s staying on the court, which is the most important thing, logging 23.5 minutes per game on his return from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Here’s what else he’s contributing:
- 9.7 points per game
- 2.0 rebounds
- 3.1 assists
- 1.3 steals
- 47.1% from the floor
- 8.7 shots per game
- 18.2% from three
- 2.2 three pointers per game
- 78.6% from the foul line
Not dissimilar from what he did during his time in Philadelphia, but his two-point and free throw percentages are up significantly. Most of his success is coming right around the rim, as you can see in this heat map right here:
Let’s take a look –
Here’s a clip showing the seven shots he attempted in the most recent game against Indiana:
Some pick and roll looks there, drives to a rack, one three-pointer, a transition dunk. We did see flashes of his ability getting to the rim during his brief time in Philly, which actually felt like an eternity.
Either way, there’s no “bulletin board” stuff here, no “revenge” factor, nothing particularly incendiary that’s been said publicly. Seems like Fultz is treating this game like any other:
More Fultz: "When I’m out there it’s no grudge & I’m trying to win. I’m doing whatever I can to win. If I get the `W’ that will satisfy that grudge match for me. If I don’t get the win, I didn’t win in my eyes. So, that’s my goal – to go out there and get the win and have fun."
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) November 13, 2019
The Magic are 3-7 and do not shoot the ball well. 41.9% from the floor is actually the second-worst number in the NBA while 28.2% from three is dead last. They rebound well and protect the basketball, but it could be brick city tonight in Florida with the Sixers having played 24 hours prior.
(Joel Embiid will not play, he’ll sit this one out)