The Philadelphia 76ers number one overall draft pick has finally announced an estimated date for his NBA debut. According to Chris Hayes of ESPN, Simmons will likely return shortly after the All-Star break.
This is good news for the Sixers, who still have high hopes for the Lousiana State University phenom. The versatile Simmons, who averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his one and only season for LSU, suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot during training camp.
Simmons foot has completely healed and sources say that he could make official debut as early as this March. Currently, he is participating in five-on-five drills with the team in hopes to build his conditioning and get into basketball shape. It will be interesting to see how the team will incorporate the six-foot-10 power forward into their lineup, considering the recent success of the similarly-sized Joel Embiid, and the fact that the 76ers front court is so overcrowded at the moment.