Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz is expected to miss the next 3-6 weeks after being diagnosed with a nerve condition in his right shoulder, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Fultz met with specialists last week, assessing that he is suffering from neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), with his agent Raymond Brothers providing the following statement via Woj:
Markelle has been diagnosed with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, a physical injury. TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion, thus severely limiting Markelle's ability to shoot a basketball.
The Sixers are calling Fultz out "indefinitely" but there's optimism that he can return within an approximate range of three to six weeks, league sources tell ESPN. Timetable will depend upon success of rehab to ease symptoms and pain tolerance.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 4, 2018
The 76ers confirmed the diagnosis, indicating that Fultz will begin physical therapy immediately.
The Sixers' official statement on guard Markelle Fultz ... who remains out indefinitely: pic.twitter.com/G3DduAYEJa- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 4, 2018
The 20-year-old has struggled shooting the ball all season, most notably from the free throw line.
Through 19 games, Fultz is averaging 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists, shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 28.6 percent from the 3-point line and 56.8 percent from the free-throw line.