Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft, made an early exit during his summer league debut against Boston Celtics after battling with cramps.
Simmons, who suffered from severe camps on both legs, needed assistance from teammates to be rushed back to the locker room in the fourth quarter of Boston’s 102-94 victory at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. |Final Box Score|
Ben Simmons shows court vision…
Simmons tallied 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists from 23 minutes before being carted off. He went 2/9 from the field but demonstrated supreme court vision after pushing the ball in transition. Simmons looked the most NBA-ready rookie among all the youngsters on the court, including Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown. Despite his efforts, Sixers were -9 in box score plus/minus with Simmons on the floor.
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After the game, the Australian cited dehydration as the reason for the cramps. “That’s the worst I’ve ever cramped, so I’m definitely going to stay on that,” Simmons said, while acknowledging that he needed to make an effort to avoid cramps by drinking more fluids.
Fox Sports chimed in with this nugget from the game: “Simmons hit Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot with a sumblime no-look, over-the-shoulder pass at the top of the key in the second quarter. The sequence showed off Simmons’ patience in the offense, waiting for Luwawu-Cabarrot to get to his spot before making a pin-point pass.”
According to ESPN’s Chris Hoiberg, Ben Simmons has been ruled out of Tuesday’s summer league game against San Antonio Spurs. This was Simmons’ first game since his final collegiate game with LSU on March 12. Simmons is expected to play point-forward for Philadelphia as the franchise tries to restore its legacy after three disappointing years.