The Philadelphia 76ers have played well enough to this point in the season to make reaching the playoffs a realistic possibility for a team that’s struggled in recent years while building a young core. Guard Markelle Fultz, the top overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, was expected to be a part of the process but he’s played in just four games due to a shoulder injury. Prior to Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo discussed the progress that Fultz has made in his recovery. According to Colangelo, Fultz is not experiencing any pain in his shoulder and “the end is near” with regards to the rookie returning to the lineup. Fultz was averaging just 6.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game at the time the 76ers made the decision to shut him down.