First Overall Draft Pick Markelle Fultz Injures Ankle

First Overall Draft Pick Markelle Fultz Injures Ankle

First Overall Draft Pick Markelle Fultz Injures Ankle

As he dazzled in his third NBA Summer League game, first overall pick Markelle Fultz went down under the basket and immediately reached for his left ankle.

"We will treat him accordingly and be as cautious as we can, making sure he is healthy", 76ers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce said, referring to what would eventually be accessed as a high ankle sprain. "I haven't heard anything [more]".

While the injury occurred when Fultz rolled his ankle, one can only hope that a sprain was the cause for his discomfort and not the onset of some chronic issue. Barring further injury, Joel Embiid has the potential to become of the league's foremost interior forces, while both the 2016 and 2017 first overall picks will be joining the starting rotation next season in the form of Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. Their core is far from complete from a developmental standpoint, which means we'll likely see some noticeable growing pains from a Sixers team that is still striving towards sustained success. He required stitches and did not return to the game.

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Center Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, missed his first two National Basketball Association seasons with foot injuries and sat out 51 games last season.

The Sixers have serious problems with injuries to their rookies.

But the fact that Sixers fans will now have to wait before seeing their draft night prize back in action may be the worst of it.

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