During the last scrimmage of Sixers training camp the worst case scenario happened, Ben Simmons got hurt. On friday, an official report came from the Sixers medical staff yesterday stating that the injury was a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. However, it was discovered today that it was an ‘acute injury” meaning that the injury wasn’t directly caused by his recent weight gain. The 2016 first overall draft pick put on 33 pounds over a 3-4 month period. Correlation or no correlation, it’s going to be awhile before we see him on the court again.
Simmons, like many other athletes that suffer this injury, is expected to undergo surgery. The surgery is scheduled to take place early next week. His estimated time for recovery is three months but the chances of re-fracturing the bone are high so Simmons will probably get extra recovery time. The last thing Sixers fans want is another draft pick that’s always injured, but then again nobody wants Simmons to miss the entire year. We saw it when Noel missed his whole rookie year and when Embiid missed two whole years. So at this point it seems like he won’t be missing the entire year, as long as the surgery and recovery are successful.
Even though it’s a major shake-up for the Sixers roster, don’t expect too many changes. Brett Brown won’t be reshaping his starting five just yet. He intended on having Simmons at the four on most nights then giving him the chance to run point guard other nights. The Sixers starting five can go in many different directions throughout the season but to start the season it’s going to look like this.
PG – Jerryd Bayless
SG – Gerald Henderson
SF – Robert Covington
PF – Jahlil Okafor/Nerlens Noel
C – Joel Embiid
Though there’s one direction the Sixers likely won’t be heading towards when the season starts later this month, the one where they win games and shock the nation It’s going to be tough for the team to pull together and win games without the star rookie on the floor who everyone thought would solve a lot of the team’s problems on both sides of the court. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be impossible to win the number of games media outlets are predicting (everyone has their guesses but no one predicted more than 30 with Simmons). Maybe this will open doors for guys like Dario Saric or Timothe Luwawu who will have more chances to shine with leftover minutes Coach Brown has to utilize.
On Tuesday the Sixers will open up their preseason against the Celtics in Philly without Simmons. Look for Bayless, Henderson, and Covington to put up a lot of jumpshots and Embiid to prove that this team is going to be his for the next couple of months. By the end of next week we will know how Simmons’ surgery went so stay tuned. It’s going to be hard to watch Simmons on the bench to start the year but all we can do as fans is #TrustTheProcess.
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