Rookie phenom Ben Simmons was bringing revolutionary talent to the NBA and Philadelphia 76ers, except he hasn’t yet played.
Simmons’ journey from LSU to the pros has been well documented, and the Sixers picking him first overall in the most recent draft is the fruit of Sam Hinkie’s labor. The 6-10 point forward averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his one year with the LSU Tigers, but that’s been the only time we’ve had an extended look at him.
He underwent a CT Scan on Thursday on his foot, but the news was better off not coming back at all. John Barchard of Sports Radio 94WIP said that the remainder of Simmons’ season was “in doubt” before reporting this morning that Bryan Colangelo is going to sit the Austrailian for the rest of the year.
Bryan Colangelo confirms that Ben Simmons is out of the year
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) February 24, 2017
On the shoulders of Joel Embiid, who’s also been dealing with some ailments as of late, the 76ers are 21-35, and Embiid will take home the Rookie of the Year award if he’s able to play a majority of the remaining games.
Although the future is bright for Philly, they aren’t where they want to be and who knows how long it’s going to take for Simmons to bounce back from this injury. If it’s anything like Embiid, it’ll be worth the wait, but patience in Philadelphia is going to wear thin quickly if their “process” guys keep getting sidelined.
What makes the situation even more disheartening is Simmons was looking he was progressing with his rehab. He hadn’t suited up for any contests, but he would be out on the court warming up with the team and going through shooting and dribbling routines.
If the draft lottery weren’t a lottery and the season ended today, the Sixers would select fifth overall and could walk home with an electrifying wing. The point guards — Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith — are likely to be gone by then, but a consolation prize of Jayson Tatum or Josh Jackson is incredible.
Of course, anything is possible, and although it’s unlikely to see anyone other than the
Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics get the first overall pick, stranger things have happened.
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