The Sixers health woes with top 5 draft picks continues. Ben Simmons, stud forward from LSU that was drafted with the #1 overall pick in 2016, is officially ruled out for the rest of the season. He went in for his routine CT scan hoping all would go well and he'd be back on the court soon, somewhat salvaging a first season that he missed the majority of. Unfortunately, Simmons and Sixers fans got bad news today when it was announced he was done for the season. As much as this sucks for Sixers fans, they're certainly used to it at this point.
Sixers have had a top 5 pick in the last 4 drafts, and the only one of those top picks that played in their first season was Jahlil Okafor, and he was only able to play 53 games. The injury bug has definitley slowed down the process in Philadelphia, they had to wait 2 years just for Joel Embiid to take the floor, and although he's been amazing he still missed two full seasons that he could've been developing his game. Nerlens Noel is now gone, so it doesn't really matter that he battled injury most his tenure in Philadelphia because they'll get a nice lottery pick in exchange for him. Ben Simmons was the first player they drafted that wasn't a center, he was going to be the transcendent player that tied their entire team together with his Lebron like ability to do everything. No, I'm not saying he's the next Lebron James, I'm saying he's a player that is essentially a point forward with the skill set to do a little bit of everything on the hardwood. For him to miss a year of building chemistry with Embiid and the rest of the Sixers young team is just another setback the Sixers. It's such a shame to see injuries like this happen, especially after we got to see him kill it in the summer league, but oh well, not anything you can do about it now. On the bright side, Simmons has plenty of time to rehab the injury and next season we will all get to see what Ben Simmons is all about. If he's the player we saw dominate in college Philadelphia is in for a treat with this kid. The unfortunate reality of the situation is that Sixers fans won't get to witness the unreal ability this stud has until the beginning of the 2017-18 season.