Markelle Fultz diagnosed with nerve injury that ‘severely’ limits ability to shoot

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Markelle Fultz has been through the ringer in his NBA career. His injury woes have contributed to some embarrassing shooting woes, and now we know why.

As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN Tuesday, Fultz’s agent says he’s been “diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury that affects nerves between the neck and shoulders.”

It also has led to to “severely limiting Markelle’s ability to shoot a basketball,” and is treatable by physical therapy, according to Raymond Brothers.

This explains a lot. Fultz has been unable to play much at all since being selected No. 1 overall in 2017. Since then, he’s appeared in just 33 games, averaging 7.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.

It’s unknown what the future holds for the 20-year-old in Philadelphia. He’s been at odds with the team over this latest injury. Hopefully now that he has a diagnosis things might improve on that front, though this isn’t an easy injury to recover from, as many MLB pitchers can attest.