Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz has been diagnosed with a nerve condition affecting his range of motion, according to his agent speaking with ESPN.
Agent Raymond Brothers: “Markelle (Fultz) has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury.
TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely shoot a basketball…”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2018
Fultz has struggled with his shot ever since entering the NBA, despite shooting better than 40-percent from behind the arc in college. Some wondered whether he had the yips, since he appeared to have lost the ability to shoot comfortably without any physical explanation.
According to Wojnarowski, however, the issue is in his shooting shoulder. Fultz’s agent says TOS is treatable with physical therapy, and the 76ers — in a statement released shortly after Wojnarowski’s tweet — said Fultz will immediately begin care. Per the Athletic’s Shams Charania, Fultz is expected to be out for “weeks.”
The Boston Celtics were one of the teams believed to have interest in Fultz when he was entering the draft. Fultz was the consensus first overall pick with his intriguing combination of size, scoring and play-making, and Boston initially had the first overall pick courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets.
But the Celtics traded the right to draft Fultz to the 76ers in exchange for the third pick and what turned out to be this year’s Sacramento Kings pick. The Celtics, of course, took Jayson Tatum third overall.
Fultz could certainly still develop into a good player with physical therapy and increased comfort as a shooter, but early returns on the trade heavily favor the Celtics’ outcome.