Orlando Magic guard Markelle Fultz said the NBA's long layoff amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the unique circumstances of the late July restart to the season in Orlando—with just 22 teams coming together in one central location to finish off the season—has the feel of an "AAU tournament."
Fultz, 22, was having a solid first season for the Magic, averaging 12.1 points, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.3 minutes per game across 64 appearances (59 starts).
But for a younger team in need of a point guard like the Magic, he was an excellent gamble.
While he's shooting a career-high 47.3 from the field and 72.3 percent from the charity stripe, he's only shooting 25.4 percent from three.
Regardless, Fultz's ability to score at the basket and facilitate for his teammates has been important for a team that lacked quality point guard play last season.