Philadelphia 76ers top draft Markelle Fultz sprains ankle

Sixers Sign 2017 First Overall Pick Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz Suffers Scary Ankle Injury, Ruled Out For Rest Of 76ers' Summer League Game

They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year's No 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.

Markelle Fultz is "OK", after suffering a lateral ankle sprain in the Sixers' Las Vegas summer league opening win vs. the Warriors Saturday night (see story). "We will treat him accordingly and be as cautious as we can, making sure he is healthy", 76ers summer league coach Lloyd Pierce said.

"Markelle Fultz possesses elite basketball skills, instincts and talent which prompted us to move up to No. 1 and add him to our talented young core of players", Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of the game when he attempted to block a shot and rolled his left ankle on his way up to make the play. "Again, based on the initial diagnosis, you rather hear that than something worse".

Fultz was a member of the 2016 Team USA Under-18 team that won the FIBA Americas World Championships last July. A high ankle sprain usually takes between four and six weeks to heal, which wouldn't effect his availability to play, full strength, when the regular season begins this fall. And then he was ruled out for the whole season.

The Sixers have serious problems with injuries to their rookies.

Naturally, social media was abuzz after Fultz's injury.

So please pardon Sixers fans for being a little testy.

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