Number 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Ben Simmons, will have to wait until at least next season to make his league debut after a CT scan did not show full healing on his fractured foot he sustained in the off-season, per Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News.

Simmons initially suffered the injury during the Philadelphia 76ers‘ final scrimmage of training camp before the start of the 2016-17 season, where he rolled his ankle and was later revealed that he had fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.

Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers GM, said the Australian will not play this season after it was reported that: “The scan indicated there’s not full healing in the bone,” per Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

The Sixers are relatively notorious for nurturing their top picks when injured, and are never too hasty to rush them back into contention. Joel Embiid is a prime example, who was sidelined for two years before he made his rookie bow this season after the Sixers had shown extreme patience on his foot injury. However, Philadelphia will be hoping they won’t have to wait too long to get Simmons out on the court.


The 6-foot, 11-inch LSU product is held in high regard by the 76ers, who will be hoping that, when fit, can create a working relationship on the court with Embiid to turn the franchise into playoff contenders.

Simmons possesses an extremely diverse and unique skill-set, and while he doesn’t shoot the ball particularly well or efficiently, he more than makes up for it with his passing abilities and court awareness.

With Embiid continuing his recovery from a knee injury that has sidelined him since the 11th February, the Sixers will be hoping that their luck with injuries begins to improve.

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