In his second NBA game, Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 overall draft pick Markelle Fultz was helped to the locker room with an apparent ankle injury.
The 76ers were playing in a Summer League game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and with 8 minutes, 26 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Fultz ran through the lane trying to making a running block from behind. As he planted his left leg to take off, he appeared to roll his ankle on the heel of Jabari Brown of the Warriors.
Watch a video of the scary play below:
Fultz laid on the ground for about a minute, unable to get up. Instead, his teammates had to help him down the tunnel and into the locker room to be evaluated by doctors.
There’s no word yet on the extent of the injury, though it seems as if he will be unable to return to the game. He was replaced by Brandon Austin.
Fultz was struggling in the game up to that point, shooting 3-for-12 from the field with 8 points, two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes on the court.
Minutes later, the ESPN broadcast showed a video of a wheelchair being brought to the 76ers’ locker room for Fultz, who’s the fifth top 10 pick by the 76ers in the last five years. They selected Ben Simmons at No. 1 overall in 2016, Jahlil Okafor in 2015 (No. 3), Joel Embiid in 2014 (No. 3) and Nerlens Noel in 2013 (traded from New Orleans to Philadelphia at No. 6).
There’s reason to be very concerned for 76ers fans, who have suffered from a slew of injuries to their top picks recently.
Noel missed his entire rookie season while recovering from an ACL injury while Embiid did so as well because of a foot injury. In addition to that, Embiid missed much of this past season due to a torn meniscus. Simmons also missed his entire rookie season because of a fractured foot.