Fultz has battled both shoulder and knee injuries, that have clearly impacted his production. His shooting form is different, and his game as a whole just looks awkward.
So now the question is what the Sixers should do. He’s healthy enough to gut it out and play, but he’s clearly not himself. Should the team play him in a limited role off the bench to start the season, or just let him rest outright?
Even the most staunch believers of The Process are fatigued with the Sixers’ top draft picks missing time due to injury. But, once again, the greater good here calls for Fultz to be shut down for a bit and to get himself healthy.
Right now, the Sixers actually have a nice amount of depth at the guard spots.
Veteran J.J. Redick is going to log a good deal of minutes each night, but last year’s free agent signing Jerryd Bayless is finally healthy and ready to contribute as well. The team also has fan-favorite T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas in the mix as well.
Between those four guys, Brett Brown should be able to give the Sixers a decent amount of punch in the starting lineup and off the bench while Fultz recovers.
Fultz is such an important piece of the long-term puzzle, and there’s no reason to force him to get his career off to a poor start by making him play through these injuries early on. Let Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, and the others on the roster handle things until he’s 100%.