The Philadelphia 76ers aren’t taking any chances with the health of their latest No. 1 draft pick. The team announced Sunday that rookie guard Markelle Fultz will miss the remainder of the NBA Summer League after he suffered a sprained left ankle in Saturday’s game against the Warriors in Las Vegas.
Fultz, who averaged 20 points per game in two games in the Utah Summer League, had eight points in 15 minutes of Saturday’s game. On Sunday, he tweeted that he’s doing fine.
“I’m glad to be alive right now,” Fultz said, via CSN Philadelphia. “The foot’s not broken, nothing like that so I’m good. I’m walking around.”
Fultz’s ankle sprain provided a scare to the Sixers, whose multiyear rebuilding project has been slowed by injuries to their first-round draft picks. Center Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, missed his first two seasons while recovering from foot surgery and was limited to 31 games last year. Last year’s No. 1 overall pick, Ben Simmons, missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury.
Embiid spoke for Sixers fans everywhere after Fultz went down Saturday with a single tweet:
Oh no no no.. don't do this to us— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 9, 2017