The young career of Markelle Fultz so far has been a mystery.
Since being drafted No. 1 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 draft, Fultz has apparently been dealing with a shoulder injury that has limited him to appearing in just four games so far this season.
Whether it's really a physical problem or a mental one, it's shocking to see someone as talented as Fultz go through this much turmoil.
"No one has ever seen anything like what's happening to Markelle Fultz." pic.twitter.com/t47yVhi8Oa— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) February 14, 2018
During All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, Fultz's teammate Ben Simmons discussed the status of Fultz, and praised him for his hard work in practice, along with his impressive abilities.
But he also weighed in on his troubles.
"It could be physical. It could be mental. I'm not too sure about the details, but I know he's working hard every day," Simmons said in regards to Fultz's status. "You see him trying to push back, but on the floor, even in practice, you can see he's an amazing young player. I hate guarding him. He's so good getting to the rim."
While Simmons' words are encouraging, we haven't seen much to think Fultz is an amazing talent in the pros. All we've seen are his ongoing shooting struggles. And for him to suggest it's a mental issue is a pretty significant statement.
Hopefully Fultz can find the rhythm he had in college and prove he can play in the NBA.