Ben Simmons, the No.1 overall pick in this year’s draft, is expected to miss at least three months of action after fracturing a bone in his right foot last Friday.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Simmons is scheduled to undergo a surgery this week which should keep him out of action for a minimum of three months.
The injury took place during a training camp scrimmage in New Jersey last Friday.
According to several reports, Simmons rolled an ankle and landed on a teammmate’s foot. It was a freak incident.
The initial X-rays and MRI revealed a fractured fifth metatarsal. However, initial reports claimed that Simmons suffered a stress fracture, which would have seen the rookie return within eight weeks.
However, Saturday’s diagnosis confirmed that Simmons’ injury will keep him out at least until January.
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Ben Simmons has Sixers worried?
Since it is an acute injury and not a stress reaction, the rehabilitation time for Simmons is longer than previously expected.
And Philadelphia 76ers president Bryan Colangelo has admitted that the team won’t rush the Australian back.
“I feel very badly for Ben to be in a situation to start his career this way. But this is an injury that he should come back from and have a very successful and long career,” said the Sixers boss.
Should the Sixers be worried about Simmons?
Over the last four years, Philadelphia has had torrid luck with injuries and first-round picks.
Nerlens Noel, drafted No.6 in 2013, missed his entire rookie season with an ACL injury. A year later, Sixers drafted Joel Embiid with the No.3 pick. Embiid is yet to play an NBA gaame.
Last season, Sixers drafted Jahlil Okafor with the No.3 pick. Okafor missed nearly 30 games last season due to a season-ending knee injury.
Clearly, Philadelphia doesn’t have great luck with top-10 draft picks.
Though it’s preposterous to suggest that Sixers would ever trade Ben Simmons, it’s never wise to rule out another lottery team willing to sacrifice assets for the forward.
With Ben Simmons out of action, the Sixers are likely to start Dario Saric in his place.