Markelle Fultz Likely to Miss First Half of Rookie Season with Severely Torn Ankle Ligaments

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Markelle Fultz Likely to Miss First Half of Rookie Season with Severely Torn Ankle Ligaments

Philadelphia 76ers number one overall draft pick Markelle Fultz suffered an ankle injury before being helped off the court Saturday night in the Las Vegas Summer League match-up against the Golden State Warriors. Fultz attempted to chase down Warriors’ guard Jabari Brown for a block in the third quarter but stepped on the back of Brown’s foot. After Fultz landed awkwardly, he made his way to the locker room and wasn't able to put any pressure on his leg.

The injury was first reported by ESPN's Romana Shelburne. Shelburne originally reported that Fultz just suffered a minor ankle sprain and is only expected to miss the remainder of the Sixers' summer league schedule. However, sources are now indicating that the injury is much more serious. According to the Sixer's summer league coach Lloyd Pierce, Fultz underwent a CAT scan that revealed severely torn ankle ligaments that will likely cause Fultz to miss the first half of the 2017-2018 regular season.

The Sixers have been devastated by injuries to young players in recent years. Last year's No. 1 overall pick, Ben Simmons, missed all of what would have been his rookie season because of a foot injury. Center Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has only played in 31 games in three seasons because of various ailments. As the Sixers have said throughout the many woes in recent years, just trust the process.

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