With no minutes restriction, Markelle Fultz will finally play vs. Denver at 7PM ET. At 23.7 MPG, TJ McConnell as well as Marco Bellinelli with 26.9 MPG over his last ten games, may see their minutes slip. Justin Anderson is the more likely one to lose minutes averaging 14.1 MPG over the last seven games. Timothe Luwau-Cabbarrot has been averaging limited minutes as well including only 4 MPG during march.
In an early stint before spending a tumultuous time out of the lineup, Fultz took 27 shots and sunk 9 of them. No one could forget the difficult matchup with John Wall that had Fultz on skates, but after taking time to ready himself Fultz may surprise many. Despite reservations on his draft position in light of the injuries, Fultz was a longtime lock to be selected number one overall.
A player with few weaknesses, Fultz may fit into the Sixers lineup perfectly. Barring the visible effect on his jump shot has not subsided, Markelle Fultz can play either guard spot. With elite quickness and athleticism, Fultz also shot above 40% from downtown in college. A volume scorer at Washington, Fultz often took poor shots with the clock running down, yet still managed to play efficient basketball.
As evidenced by the emergence of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, a year of downtime as an NBA player can have a positive effect. Will Fultz benefit from months of preparation and tutoring from veteren JJ Redick? Blake Griffin also benefited from taking time off his rookie year, and Fultz could follow form.
If JJ Redick takes time off his minutes tonight to bring along this young talent in Fultz, we could see a reemergence of the explosive scorer Fultz once was.