Markelle Fultz Tears ACL, Done For Season

Recently-extended Magic starting point guard Markelle Fultz is set to miss the rest of the 2020/21 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee, Roy Parry of the Orlando Sentinel tweets. Fultz suffered the injury during the first quarter of tonight’s 105-96 defeat of the Cavaliers. Fultz’s three-year, $50MM contract extension will kick in during the 2021/22 season.

This is quite a blow for the Magic. Fultz will join the club’s fellow injured 2017 lottery draftee Jonathan Isaac on the sidelines for the duration of the 2020/21 season. Isaac received an $80MM extension of his own ahead of the season, all of which he is set to miss as a result of his own torn left ACL, which he incurred during the 2020 NBA playoffs this past August.

Fultz was selected with the No. 1 pick by the Sixers in the 2017 NBA draft. After various shoulder injuries limited the 6’3″ guard to just 33 games across his first two seasons, Philadelphia traded a still-injured Fultz to the Magic ahead of the 2019 deadline.

Fultz was available for 72 of Orlando’s 73 games during the subsequent 2019/20 season, and developed into a reliable, athletic starter for the playoff-bound Orlando.

In 27.7 MPG, he averaged 12.1 PPG (on 46.5% shooting from the field), 5.1 APG, 3.3 RPG and 1.3 SPG. This season, Fultz was averaging 14.3 PPG, 6.1 APG, 3.6 RPG, and 1.0 SPG during the Magic’s first seven games.

With Fultz sidelined, Michael Carter-Williams and rookie Cole Anthony figure to see more minutes at the point this season. Both of Orlando’s two-way players – Jordan Bone and Karim Mane – are point guards as well.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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28 thoughts on “Markelle Fultz Tears ACL, Done For Season

  1. Marty McRae

    Trade Terrance Ross to the Warriors for Jordan Poole and Mychal Mulder already.

    • GangGreen23

      They can take their pick – Brad Wanamaker or Jordan Poole for a 2nd Round Draft pick.

  2. hoops specialist

    ikr. but is it legal to make trades during an ongoing regular season? im not a warriors fan actually ima raptors fan but i feel like ross is good replacement for thompson cuz they dont have much shooters.

  3. hoops specialist

    i dount issac is even gunna turn into a superstar. he might still have time to develop unlike fultz but hes so injury prone just like dante exum.

  4. hiflew

    Well unless Isaac and Fultz both make great comebacks from these injuries, the Magic are probably looking at a difficult upcoming decade. These ill-advised extensions just keep getting worse for them.

  5. PhillyPhan69

    This is a shame! I have still been pulling for him even though it won’t be in Philly. He just can’t seem to catch a break

  6. harden (mvp),wall, and wood

    Maybe the Rockets can take advantage on Friday after being severely short-handed every single game so far this season. They have 13 players on the roster (not counting Clemons and their two-way guys) but have been missing between 2 and 5 of them in each game this season. Twice they were down 5 players, once they were down 4, twice they were down 3, and once they were down only two players. Hopefully they will have a full roster available at some point soon.

  7. Curtisrowe

    I feel bad for Fultz, and him getting hurt is awful, but he isn’t good.

  8. Wishing him a speedy recovery, glad he cashed in already. Sorry to see him showing signs of not being a total bust then getting injured like this

  9. Dxit90a

    That is sad news . He was actually playing good this year. So many injuries. Team should take the message and play a deeper rotation.

  10. siggers84

    Shame for Magic and Fultz. He’s a fun player to watch. Magic should not have extended him and Isaac so soon!

  11. El Don

    Such a shame for Fultz, he is so good… hopefully he can come back even better than he is, get well soon dude!

  12. "Stons" Fan

    Pistons will give you Rose for a 1st rd if you want to keep your playoff hopes alive!

  13. KnickerbockerAl

    He was starting to show. He’s got good size for PG. Too bad man. This yr is crazy. Wonder what this is all about. Could be a spell. OOoooooohh
    I was rooting for Fultz suxx.

  14. x%sure

    The team was winning games with him starting. This may upset that, but will hasten the inevitable Cole Anthony starting role.

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