Philadelphia 76ers no. 1 pick Ben Simmons will undergo a foot surgery next week after suffering an injury in his right foot on Friday. The injured Ben Simmons suffered a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone on his right foot. He reportedly rolled his right ankle during the team’s training camp at Stockton University.
According to ESPN, the no. 1 overall pick is out for about three months and is expected to return in December or January. Doctors who have examined Simmons’ condition believed he suffered an acute injury, this is due to landing on another player’s foot, and stress reaction has been cleared out.
In an article by Forbes, they stated that Simmons’ rookie season could be in peril because of the incident, which also leads to a question; how will he manage to pull off a Rookie of the Year Award performance? Simmons’ teammate, Joel Embiid, might have a shot at the title.
Embiid was out the last two seasons for the Sixers due to a broken right foot. Embiid was the organization’s top choice in 2014 and will see his first NBA action on Tuesday against Boston.
Aside from Simmons and Embiid, the injury-plagued organization had also acquired Nerlens Noel during the draft and also sat out the rest of his first season due to a torn ACL. Not to mention last year’s no. 3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor who was also sidelined just after 53 games of his rookie season because of a knee injury.
The injured Ben Simmons averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game in six Summer League games back in July.
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