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Ben Simmons Injury, in Retrospect, Wasn’t All That Bad

April 20th, 2017 at 11:29 AM
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Philadelphia 76ers fans were distraught when they heard Ben Simmons was injured, but him being out for the entire season wasn’t all that bad after all.

During training camp leading up to the 2016-17 NBA season, there was a lot of hope for the Philadelphia 76ers. They had just seen their top overall pick, Ben Simmons, play in summer league, and Joel Embiid looked like he would be healthy to debut on opening night.

Then, things went very wrong, very quickly. Of course, Sixers fans have been used to misfortune over the last several years, so maybe they should have seen this coming. But it also felt like things were finally going to begin looking up.

One fateful practice day of training camp, Ben Simmons stepped on Shawn Long‘s foot and rolled his ankle. Everything looked routine, but precautionary scans revealed that Simmons had suffered a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his foot, more commonly known as a Jones Fracture. His season debut would be delayed for at least the first three months of the season due to the surgery recovery.

Fans were distraught. The flood of goodness that came from the draft was now delayed, and it seemed like the Sixers little world was coming crashing down.

Looking back on that injury, however, it really wasn’t all that bad, and in a way, it can be viewed as an overall positive for the Sixers for a variety of reasons.

Looking at this season as a whole, it’s clear that it was a giant step in the right direction. The Sixers were one win away from tripling their wins from the year before, and were involved in plenty of games down the stretch that last year we would …

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Tags: 76ers, Analysis/Opinion, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid, Shawn Long, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

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