Sixers’ Fultz to play Monday

The wait is finally over.

The Philadelphia 76ers announced Monday that guard Markelle Fultz will play against the Denver Nuggets. It will be the rookie’s first game action since October 23.

Sixers coach Brett Brown told reporters pregame that Fultz will come off the bench as Ben Simmons‘ backup. ESPN is reporting that Fultz will not be on a minutes restriction but his fitness level and the situation of the game will dictate how much he plays.

Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has been sidelined since Oct. 25 due to scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder.

The point guard was averaging 6.0 points while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from the free throw line before the team decided to shut him down.