Markelle Fultz out for National Basketball Association summer league with sprain

Sixers Sign 2017 First Overall Pick Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz hurt his ankle at summer league. They have dealt with significant injuries to centre Joel Embiid and last year's No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.

Markelle Fultz (C) of the Philadelphia 76ers is helped off the court by teammates after he appeared to injure his left ankle during a 2017 Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors.

"Can't feel great, a guy going down, actually two players going down on the same play", Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. "We will know [more] once we get some treatment on him". "Again, based on the initial diagnosis, you rather hear that than something worse".

It's likely that the Sixers won't put their star rookie back on the court anytime soon, and the best bet may be to use some bubble wrap or quarantine Fultz to make sure he's ready for action when the regular season rolls around. And then he was ruled out for the whole season.

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Noel missed his entire rookie season while recovering from an ACL injury while Embiid did so as well because of a foot injury.

Center Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, missed his first two National Basketball Association seasons with foot injuries and sat out 51 games last season.

The news comes as a huge relief for the Sixers and their fans.

"I'm a little bit punch-drunk with the injuries that we've had with our first players selected over the years, " head coach Brett Brown said on ESPN Saturday night.

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