There's Still No Timetable for Markelle Fultz's Return and That's Absurd

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 21: (L-R) Furkan Korkmaz #30, Markelle Fultz #20, Landry Shamet #1, and T.J. McConnell #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers watch the game from the bench in the first quarter against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Wells Fargo Center on November 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Markelle Fultz has been trying to make his way back to the court after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome, a nerve disorder that has severely hindered his performance since he was drafted first overall by the 76ers in the 2017 NBA Draft. Fultz has since been dealt to the Orlando Magic, and despite some reported progress, there is still no timetable for his return.

And that's enough to make you want to pull your hair out.

The last time Fultz played in an NBA game was November 19th, 2018 against the Phoenix Suns. Since then, he has been MIA and has left fans, organizations, and scouts skeptical of his ability to perform at the professional level at all.

Right now, signs increasingly point to Fultz following the path that Anthony Bennett took in becoming the next big draft bust at No. 1 overall, but at only 21 years old, there has to be hope that he can come back, right? The fact that it has taken this long, however, is the stuff of absurdity.

No one wants to see a player fail, but our minds have to wander to the possibility of Fultz being done before he ever really had a chance to start, especially since no one has seen him play in what feels like a millennium. If he can come back healthy, Fultz will benefit the Magic tremendously, but if not, he will officially stake his claim as one of the great NBA Draft blunders we've ever seen.