Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo made the announcement Friday morning, saying that Simmons is "heartbroken" over the news and that the No. 1 overall draft pick "wants to play".
Philadelphia drafted the 20-year-old Simmons first overall after a single season at LSU that saw him average 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Let him recover completely before he makes his National Basketball Association debut next season. Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Simmons have all missed time in their rookie seasons due to injury.
That update was followed by a report by Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a January 23 CT scan showed that Simmons' injured right foot "was not fully healed", with an inside portion of the bone not fully mended.
Colangelo expressed that the team was hopeful Simmons would see game action this season, but believed that risking further injury was not worth it. And we weren't going to put Ben Simmons in a place where he was (susceptible) to a re-fracture.
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"Unfortunately, Ben is going to sit out".
According to the Philadelphia News, which cited unidentified sources, this week's doctor's visit "revealed an inside portion of the bone wasn't fully mended together".
The last top pick to miss his entire first season was Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin in 2009-10.