NBA Summer League Update: Top Prospect From Eastern Conference Squad out for Remainder of Competition
Once again, a top prospect will be unable to continue participating in the NBA Summer League. The No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Markelle Fultz of the Philadelphia 76ers, is now out of the tournament.
In a 95-93 Summer League win over the Golden State Warriors Saturday, Fultz suffered a left ankle sprain. He needed assistance to leave the court after getting hurt. The point guard only saw action for 15 minutes and finished with eight points plus an assist.
ESPN reported that the results of Fultz's X-rays were negative, which is great news for Philadelphia. However, the health setback is preventing him from doing basketball activities for 1-2 weeks.
What happened to Fultz is eerily similar to last year's incident. In 2016, Ben Simmons, who was the 76ers' No. 1 pick during that year, also got injured playing in an NBA Summer League game. Simmons sustained a foot woe that kept him on the sidelines for the entire 2016-17 season. Perhaps the only difference is that Fultz is good to go a few weeks from now.
Fultz is not the only prospect that will no longer step on the court in this year's NBA Summer League. Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram is also resting. Ingram experienced leg cramp in their opener versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Hopefully, no other player gets hurt as the exhibition tournament progress.
Many see Fultz as an important piece for Philadelphia next season. But as of this moment, his role with the team remains undetermined. The majority of fans expect him to start for the 76ers, but Simmons is also a candidate for that job.
In a recent report by CSN Philly, Simmons made it clear that he is a "starting point guard." Philadelphia will likely address this issue in training camp.
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