Doctors have discovered a nerve condition in Markelle Fultz's neck and shoulder that may have led to his perplexing shooting woes

  • Markelle Fultz has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a shoulder injury, and is out indefinitely.
  • It's the closest thing we've gotten to an explanation for Fultz's subpar shot.
  • Fultz's role with the Sixers has continuously been changed due to his perplexing condition.

After months of questions, we might finally be closer to having an answer for what happened to Markelle Fultz's shot.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Fultz "has been diagnosed with Neurogenic Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, (TOS), a physical injury. TOS affects nerves between the neck and shoulder resulting in abnormal functional movement and range of motion" according to his agent, Raymond Brothers.

Shortly after, the Sixers released a statement confirming the diagnosis had been made after a series of consultations, adding that Fultz was out indefinitely as he went through physical therapy.

It's been quite a journey for Markelle Fultz since coming into the league.

Entering the NBA as the first overall draft pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2017, expectations were high.

Then, suddenly, Fultz lost his shot. Rumors of injury or a bad case of the yips circled Fultz as Philadelphia fans dissected tapes of him taking shots in the gym. But the free-flowing game that made Fultz the consensus top player in the draft had mostly disappeared.

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Fultz was entered into the starting lineup for the 76ers, showing some progress, but still a shadow of the player that dominated at Washington University. Then he began to regress again, sporting an awkward free throw release that was so memorable it was mocked in NFL touchdown celebrations.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 19: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers defends against the Phoenix Suns on November 19, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 14: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball while guarded by Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics during a game at TD Garden on October 16, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Washington's Markelle Fultz smiles for a selfie with a television commentator after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. 1 pick overall during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Philadelphia 76ers' Markelle Fultz gets doused by water after the team's NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 130-95. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
WASHINGTON, DC -  OCTOBER 18: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks to pass the ball against the Washington Wizards on October 18, 2017 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Markelle Fultz #7 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on from the bench during his team's 2017 Summer League game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 9, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fultz did not play because of a sprained ankle he suffered in a game on July 8. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -  OCTOBER 18: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards on October 18, 2017 at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
Philadelphia 76ers' US Markelle Fultz (R) dunks during the preseason NBA basketball game between Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers in Shenzhen, in China's southern Guangdong province on October 8, 2018. (Photo by STR / AFP) (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 5: Dario Saric #9, Markelle Fultz #20, Joel Embiid #21, and Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers react from the bench against the Detroit Pistons in the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on January 5, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Pistons 114-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 23: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers watches the game from the bench against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 19: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles the ball against the Phoenix Suns at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against against Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on November 16, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 19: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers attempts a layup against Isaiah Canaan #0 and Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns in the second quarter at the Wells Fargo Center on November 19, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 16: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against the Utah Jazz on November 16, 2018 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - NOVEMBER 14: Markelle Fultz #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers goes to the basket against the Orlando Magic on November 14, 2018 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Read more:One year after a strange saga where he was unable to shoot, Markelle Fultz looks like he's regressing again

When the Sixers traded for Jimmy Butler, the team seemed to shift into "win now" mode, and Fultz saw himself ousted from the starting lineup and gradually losing rotation minutes. Shortly after, Brothers informed the team that Fultz would be taking time to see a shoulder specialist, and rumors quickly swirled regarding how long left he had in Philadelphia.

Now, it appears the specialists have made their diagnosis, and Fultz will begin physical therapy with hopes of returning to form. There are still questions surrounding Fultz, but this feels like the closest thing we've had to an answer.

His next shot on an NBA court should be an interesting one.

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