When it comes to top draft picks, it's a vicious cycle for 76ers fans. You get excited about a draft pick, watch him waste away his first season (and maybe his second), rinse, and repeat.
To be fair, it has finally started to work out for the Sixers. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid look like absolute studs who could dominate the NBA for years to come, but with the addition of latest No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz, this was supposed to be the year they put it all together and begin their reign of terror on the NBA.
As you could've guessed, Philly fans may have to wait another year once again.
76ers President Bryan Colangelo says Fultz's injury that has kept him out since October really could sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Bryan Colangelo says there's a chance Markelle Fultz will be out there soon and there's a chance he won't play this season. "We don't know." #Sixers— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) February 9, 2018
Stop me if you've heard this one before.
That's quite the window. He could come back this month, or perhaps he won't be healthy enough to play two months from now. How is that even possible?
The Sixers are rightly not rushing Fultz, as they're experiencing the most success they've had in years. We're used to scouring the internet for mock drafts to see who they'll pick in the lottery, but this season, they're competing for a playoff spot. They currently sit eighth in the Eastern Conference and just three games out of fourth.
Still, that shouldn't absolve the Sixers of the blame for ruining Fultz's rookie season. Week after week, another video of the top draft pick surfaces with his shooting form looking as ugly as humanly possible. It's gotten to the point where even Colangelo is making resigned remarks about his progress.
Bryan Colangelo says Markelle Fultz's current range is "within the paint" .— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 9, 2018
It's hard to tell whether that's a joke or not, but either way, it's the wrong answer. The team responsible for helping Fultz along every step of the way. Letting him slide into band habits with his mechanics is on them.
It's fun to #TrustTheProcess, but that doesn't mean the organization behind it shouldn't leave you with lingering doubts.