Sixers rookie Ben Simmons’ return timetable uncertain
Maya Hughes | 10/3/2016, 9:21 p.m.
Philadelphia Sixers rookie Ben Simmons will undergo surgery on his right foot this week. Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot during a training camp scrimmage at Stockton University in New Jersey on Sept. 30. There is no timetable for Simmons return, but he will most likely miss some regular season action.
Simmons was Philadelphia’s first No. 1 overall pick since it drafted Allen Iverson in the 1996. The 6-foot-10 forward from Australia played one season at LSU where he averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. He is the only SEC player ever to finish in the top five in all three categories. But the Tigers were only 19-14, failing to make the NCAA tournament.
Simmons injury is the latest blow to the Sixers franchise that has been plagued with injuries over the last few years. Joel Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, has yet to play a regular season because of surgeries to his right foot. Nerlens Noel missed his rookie year in 2013-14 with a torn ACL. Jahlil Okafor has his rookie season in 2015-16 cut short with season-ending surgery on his right knee. He recently sat out of practice because he was experiencing soreness in the knee.