Ben Simmons’ elusive debut in his rookie season might have been revealed Wednesday. According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, the No. 1 overall pick has a chance to make his first appearance in a Sixers uniform, during the regular season, shortly following the 2017 All-Star break.
ESPN Sources: Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons could make much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after All-Star break. https://t.co/J9frCnlgzS— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 19, 2017
Haynes added that Simmons has a possibility to play “near March.” Also, the Aussie phenom, reportedly, could be held out for the entire regular season, “but his situation will continue to be thoroughly evaluated throughout his comeback quest.”
A freak injury resulting in a Jones fracture at the end of training camp required Simmons to go under the knife and miss substantial time. Yet to play in a game this season, Simmons has posted cryptic posts on social media hyping up his return.
Finally with a report on his much-anticipated debut with the team, there is solace in knowing that Simmons might pair with rookie stud Joel Embiid this season. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game during his freshman season at LSU last season.