76ers' rookie Fultz (shoulder) out indefinitely


Fultz will be evaluated again in three weeks.

The Sixers picked up their second win of the season on Saturday over the Dallas Mavericks after playing the Rockets tough in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

The number one pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Fultz will remain out of action with "soreness and scapular muscle imbalance" in his right shoulder, the 76ers announced on Sunday. After Brothers told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday that Fultz received a cortisone shot on October 5, the Sixers announced they would be holding Fultz out for the team's next three games.

Rumors about a shoulder injury were exhasterbated by the way Fultz changed his shooting motion during training camp, and were kicked into another gear when fans saw how awkwardly he was shooting his free throws.

It's not unprecedented for the 76ers to draft a player first overall only to watch him miss extended time in his first year.

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There is no "structural impairment" in Fultz's shoulder, and he will continue physiotherapy treatment, the team said. Fultz averaged 6 points and made just 9 of 27 shots.

People close to Fultz, including his personal trainer, say Fultz changed his shot because of the discomfort in his shoulder.

Hopefully, Fultz can return back to his best, but he should take as much rest as he needs.

Center Joel Embiid missed his first two seasons with a foot injury. Finally, Ben Simmons missed the whole of his rookie season due to a Jones fracture.