Fultz was averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game before his injury.
More and more videos of Fultz's progression have surfaced over the last week, leading some to believe he'd return prior to the end of the season. "The people around him have done great things".
Brown explained that the decision to play him now stems from private conversations between the rookie guard and his head coach the day of the game, and that his confidence and performance in workouts has had everyone in their building excited.
"Never was it at a stage where it definitely was going to happen", Brown said.
Markelle Fultz and his enigmatic shot are coming out of hiding.
An emotional Brown announced that the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft, who has been sidelined for five months with a shoulder injury, will come off the bench as starting point guard Ben Simmons' backup. He didn't attempt a 3-pointer.
Fultz has missed all but four games this season due to a freakish combination of a shoulder injury and possibly the shooting yips related to trying to change his shot before his rookie season.
He was ruled out indefinitely in October with soreness and a scapular muscle imbalance in the shoulder. Colangelo said he didn't know if Fultz would play in the summer league. "I've said for a long time, the risk-reward, I'm going to lean on reward. But he's 100 per cent ready to get out on the floor in his own mind". On Monday, though, Philadelphia tersely announced that the No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft would suit up for that evening's home game against the Nuggets.
Fultz's role is expected to be as the primary backup to Ben Simmons early on, with the (other) rookie assuming lead ballhandling duties on the second unit.