Markelle Fultz was in the midst of a career-year for the Magic, but a non-contact knee injury has unfortunately cut it short.
The Magic announced their young point guard tore his left ACL against the Cavaliers Wednesday night and will miss the remainder of the season.
This is simply a brutal development for the former DeMatha star. Fultz was averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 assists, both of which are career-highs. Coming off a three-year contract extension in the offseason, he was one of the primary reasons for Orlando’s 6-2 start to the year.
Fultz has been through a lot in his first four years in the NBA. He failed to live up to the billing of a No. 1 overall pick in Philadelphia, injured his shoulder and forgot how to shoot, figured it out again after getting traded to the Magic and ultimately ended up earning a starting spot on a playoff team.
Now, he’ll have to work to get back on the court and build on the momentum he had leading up to the injury. When right, he’s one of the most talented young guards in the league.