Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was expected to debut with a bang but it looks like all that will have to wait. If the word out is true, he could be sitting out the entire 2016-17 NBA season due to a Jones fracture.
The top pick of the 2016 NBA draft may be forced to sit out the coming NBA season for obvious reasons which may go on to affect the team’s plans of dealing Nerlens Noel and/or Jahlil Okafor.
With a crowded front, the Sixers may need to go through this coming season with old hands plus the alleged return of Joel Embiid, Philly.com reported.
Curiously, Embiid sat out two seasons for the Sixers but could be primed for a much-awaited debut. Simmons’ absence may be hardly felt since Brett Brown will have a ton-load of forwards to work with.
Rookie of the Year in the bag for Brandon Ingram?
Should Simmons sit out the season, it could mean that Brandon Ingram will have a clean shot at being the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year. This is with the understanding that he performs according to his billing and given the chance by Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton.
Ingram, the no. 2 pick, will try to jockey for playing time in Hollywood but will have to jockey with the likes of Kris Dunn (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics) or even Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans).
Ben Simmons Sitting For The Best
The diagnosis on Simmons is that he can recover in three months, Liberty Ballers reported. Though that remains to be seen, his agent (Rich Paul) may force him to sit rather than rush his NBA debut. Also, it could be for the best since it means he can play a full season and get best chances of snagging the ROY honor which may likely come with a bonus (if he wins NBA Rookie of the Year honors).