Markelle Fultz is the right player at the right time for the right team. The Philadelphia 76ers built the team around a core of young players who project as NBA leaders of tomorrow. With two players in the running for 2017 NBA Rookies of the Year in Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the team assembled a young baseline. Now, the team adds both Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz.
And that creates problems for the NBA.
Markelle Fultz, like many 76ers players, are the equivalent of NBA Transformers. He is a point guard and a shooting guard. As such, he wins the battles of one on one more often than not. If the opposing team guards him with a point guard, he dives to the basket, passes off while he resets, and then takes the open shot at the three-point line. If the opponent guards him with a shooting guard, he ignites a burst of speed to drive to the basket.
Versatility compound effect
That complexity magnifies in the Sixers lineup, as many players projected to start have proficiency at more than one position. So ultimately, the 76ers lineup will expose a mismatch from their opponents, with the ultimate intent to gain a significant advantage.
Whomever the 76ers face, the likelihood that one matchup is in their favor is very good. And the likelihood that favorable matchup falls upon Fultz is very good as well.
Fultz mastered many skills at Washington from need. Now, he enters the NBA naturally versatile, at a time when the NBA prizes versatile players. Ultimately, Washington Basketball Markelle Fultz is joining the NBA at the right time. Not only is he an outstanding basketball player. But he is exactly what the NBA is looking for.