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ATLANTA — On a night where Trae Young stole the show at State Farm Arena, another young point made tremendous strides as well. Former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz made two 3-pointers (the fifth and sixth of his career) and finished with 12 points, three assists and three rebounds.
The negativity and mystery surrounding Fultz’s time in Philadelphia are slowly evaporating because he is proving to be a solid young point guard for the Orlando Magic.
The move to Orlando has been good for Fultz, selected first overall in 2017.
“It’s been great, they’ve been open arms, being patient with me and just taking my time and everything,” Fultz told Amico Hoops. “They’ve given me the support that I needed and the (direction) I needed to do everything that I’m doing.”
Some people were ready to call the 21-year-old the biggest bust in NBA history at points over the last two years. However, getting a change of scenery was just what the doctor ordered for the young point guard. If he were still in college, he would only be a senior. His NBA career won’t be defined by it’s first few seasons; this is about the long haul.
“There’s nothing I’m great at right now,” he said when asked about where he wants to improve. “I think I want to improve on my ball-handling, my shooting, my defense, helping my teammates, everything on the court.”
If one were to just got off of the narrative surrounding the 6-foot-4 guard, they would have an incorrect and different perception of who he is. He comes across as someone who is well-spoken, hungry to get better and much more confident in his ability than advertised. In Orlando, he was not the No. 1 pick, and he is just a young point guard that the Magic picked up in a trade.
The trade from Philadelphia to Orlando could end up being one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history when it’s all said and done.