NBA first overall pick diagnosed with neurogenic TOS

Sixers GM Unsure if Fultz Will Return This Season

The Philadelphia 76ers are unsure if Markelle Fultz will play again this season.

The 20-year-old Fultz was diagnosed this month with thoracic outlet syndrome and is doing physical therapy in Los Angeles. General manager Elton Brand said Saturday prior to a game against Toronto he has no timetable for Fultz’s return to basketball activities.

Fultz was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, but his young career has been sidetracked by injuries and ineffectiveness…

Fultz’s shooting form, particularly from the free-throw line, has been scrutinized. The 76ers said earlier this month that specialists have identified a compression or irritation in the area between the lower neck and upper chest. Physical therapy was recommended for Fultz before returning to play.

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Markelle Fultz wasn’t just good in college. He was great. The Philadelphia 76ers traded the third overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft and a future first round pick to select Fultz. Most experts saw him as a great all-around player, with an amazing and fluid jump shot. But the jump shot vanished, and his shooting form was noticeably different at his first NBA minicamp. Various opinions emerged that Fultz was suffering physical issues in his right shoulder. Others suggested that Fultz was experiencing mental issues with the stress of playing in the NBA. In December of 2018, doctors diagnosed Fultz with neurogenic TOS, and he begins treatment with physical therapy.

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