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Magic's Markelle Fultz may make season debut today vs. 76ers

Magic's Markelle Fultz may make season debut today vs. 76ers

Orlando Magic point guard Markelle Fultz is on the verge of making his season debut.

After missing training camp and the first 19 games of the season due a fractured big toe, Fultz has been upgraded to questionable for Sunday's contest against the Philadelphia 76ers.

In a recent interview with Khobi Price of the Orlando Sentinel, Fultz revealed that he is pain-free. It seems the Magic are just being cautious with the former No. 1 overall pick.

"If it was up to me, I’d be playing right now because I don’t feel anything," Fultz told Price. "I haven’t felt anything for a minute so it’s kind of weird because I didn’t feel anything before my last scan, and then it came back it healed some but not to their liking. So hopefully this next scan is fully healed and I’m able to get the green light to get a few practices under my belt and go out there and play.”

Fultz has played in just 26 games over the last two seasons due to a number of injuries, including a torn ACL. However, when healthy, the 24-year-old has been a productive floor general for Orlando.

Over that two-year span, he has averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals, while shooting 44.4% from the field, 24.2% from three-point range and 84.0% from the free-throw line.

This season, the Magic have an exciting young core that's a lot of fun to watch — led by Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner, Wendell Carter Jr., Bol Bol and Jalen Suggs. However, their biggest weakness has been their lack of consistent guard play, so they're looking forward to the return of Fultz. Suggs is also questionable versus Philadelphia, as he's been dealing with right ankle soreness.

Orlando is currently 5-14, which is the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference. They have the NBA's 21st-ranked offense (scoring 107.7 points per 100 possessions) and 22nd-ranked defense (allowing 110.8 points per 100 possessions). However, the team has a ton of potential, as their roster features 11 players who are age-24 or younger.

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