01 Oct The Curse of Philly? Ben Simmons Suffers Injury
The Cleveland Cavaliers recently broke free from the Curse of Cleveland, ending the longest curse in the NBA. But just as it ended, a new one seems to be shaping up in the City of Brotherly Love.
Break a Leg
— InMyOpinionSports (@IM0Sports) October 1, 2016
When someone is new, they usually say “Break a Leg” to wish that person luck. For the Philadelphia 76ers though, “Break a Leg” has become a tradition that’s brought them tough luck. That’s because the 76ers have a history of having injury riddled lottery picks in recent years.
In 2013, Nerlens Noel missed his entire rookie season with a knee injury. The following year, Joel Embiid’s foot injury forced him to miss his first NBA season. Until now, Embiid hasn’t played a single NBA game. Last season, Jahlil Okafor missed 29 games due to a knee injury. On Friday, the “curse” continued as 2016 Draft Top Pick Ben Simmons broke his foot after rolling his right ankle during the team’s final training camp scrimmage at Stockton University.
A Jones Fracture?
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) September 30, 2016
X-rays and MRI revealed that Simmons suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. In most cases, the fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone is known as the Jones fracture. Athletes who suffer this injury require surgery and the estimated recovery period would be eight weeks. Timetable for recovery varies from one athlete to another, depending on its severity. The location of the fracture will determine the severity of the injury. If it’s located at near the base of the metatarsal, then Simmons could be potentially out for a longer period.
In the 2006 FIBA World Championships, Pau Gasol suffered a similar fracture in his left foot and was sidelined for 22 games during the ensuing NBA season. In 2009 rookie Patty Mills missed 33 games due to a similar injury while C.J. McCollum suffered the same foot injury as a rookie in 2013 and missed 32 games.
During the 2014-2015 season, Kevin Durant-then of the OKC Thunder, suffered a Jones fracture and missed the start of the season. Durant went on to play just a total of 27 games that season and had three surgeries in six months.
It’s still too early to tell what Simmons’ case is but let’s hope for the best, especially for the 76ers.
Rookie of The Year
— Sports Insights (@SportsInsights) September 30, 2016
Expectations were high on Ben Simmons. After the Sixers finished 10-72 last season, many were looking at him as the franchise cornerstone that would turn the team around. The Sixers had won fewer than 20 games in each of the last three seasons and have missed the playoffs badly since 2011-2012.
Ben Simmons was a terrific transition scorer and a great point maker inside the paint in college. During his lone season at LSU, Simmons shot 69.6% in transition and 60.6% from the paint with 396 of his total 632 points scored from the shaded area. In contrast, the Sixers were the fourth lowest team in the NBA in transition FG% at 50.6% and were just 15th in the NBA at 43.1% FG from the paint. Simmons would have been an immediate fix for the Sixers offense.
Simmons’ versatility and limitless potential were on display during the 2016 NBA Summer League. In 6 games, he averaged 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game. His versatility to play multiple positions on the court were seen as his greatest strength. Simmons was the favorite to win Rookie of The Year for the upcoming season. But more than that, he was supposed to lead the Sixers to the land of promise.
All of that will have to wait for now because Ben Simmons is injured. For how long, it remains to be seen. But again, has the basketball curse moved from Cleveland to Philadelphia? Let’s hope not.
— Matthew Coffey (@mcoffey13) September 30, 2016
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