ORLANDO– Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz has fractured his left big toe. No surgical intervention is necessary. He has been placed in a walking boot and his return to play will depend on his response to rehabilitation and treatment. Fultz suffered the injury during preseason training before returning to Orlando and imaging confirmed the fracture.
Fultz (6’4″, 210, 5/29/98) played in 18 games (three starts) last season with Orlando, averaging 10.8 ppg, 5.5 apg, 2.7 rpg . and 1.11 stlpg. in 20.0 minpg., while shooting .806 (25-31) from the free-throw line. He led (or tied) the team in assists seven times. Fultz scored in double figures 13 times, including a season-high 19 points, on March 30 at Washington D.C. He dished out 10-plus assists twice, including a career-high 15, on April 10 against Miami, and had a double -double.
Originally selected in the first round (first overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, Fultz appeared in 131 NBA regular season games (86 starts) with Philadelphia and Orlando, averaging 10.9 ppg., 4.8 apg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.12 stlpg. in 24.8 minpg. He also appeared in eight career playoff games (five starts), averaging 8.1 ppg., 3.9 apg. and 1.8 rpg. in 21.3 minpg.
Fultz was acquired by Orlando from Philadelphia in exchange for Jonathon Simmons, a protected 2020 first-round draft pick and a 2019 second-round draft pick on February 7, 2019. He played 98 games (71 starts) with the Magic, averaging 11.9 ppg., 5.2 apg., 3.2 rpg. and 1.20 stlpg. in 26.2 minpg.
Training camp for the Orlando Magic begins Tuesday, September 27 at the AdventHealth Training Center.