Markelle Fultz trainer says he'll be an All-Star next season if he's 100% healthy

Markelle Fultz was selected with the first overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, but he is yet to live up to that expectation.

The Sixers were able to achieve 52 wins last season even with Fultz sitting out the majority of the season due to an injured shoulder. He only played in 14 games in the regular season, and three games in the playoffs.

The point guard’s injury was so bad that Philly had to repair his jump shot as a result. When he did come back to the court though, he was impressive in some games and it has given fans hope ahead of next season.

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Drew Hanlen, the trainer of several NBA players including Fultz, wants to go one further though, as he believes the Sixers star can be an All-Star in 2018-19 so long as he is 100% healthy.

He said, according to Fox Sports 1 via Clutch Sports: “We’re not hiding Markelle Fultz, we’re not protecting him…people are going to see the results during the season, and that’s all that matters.

“I literally think that, if he’s back to 100 percent, I think he’s immediately an All-Star. I know that’s a bold statement, but I work with a lot of other All-Stars. So, I think I have the right to say that.”

If Fultz does become an All-Star next season, he would join an exclusive club of players that have become All-Stars in their second NBA season including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Vince Carter.

That’s quite some company! It’s also a very high bar for Fultz to meet on a very promising team.

Still, becoming an All-Star is an achievable goal for Fultz, especially when you take into the account the help he’ll receive from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons while he plays in the Eastern Conference which is wide open for any team to control.

With training camp just around the corner, we might not have to wait too long to find out exactly just how good of a player Fultz actually is.

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