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Philadelphia 76ers’ rookie small forward Ben Simmons has officially been ruled out for the season after tests revealed that his broken right foot has not completely healed. Simmons fractured a bone in his right foot in practice back in September of 2016.
Simmons, 20, was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers out of Louisiana State last June in the 2016 NBA Draft after spending just one season in the NCAA. During that lone season, Simmons played in 33 games and averaged 34.9 minutes per game, 19.2 points per game, 11.8 rebounds per game, 4.8 assists per game, 0.8 blocks per game, and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 56.0% from the field, 33.3% from 3-point range, and 67.0% from the free throw line.
In college last season, Simmons was regarded as one of the top candidates for the Wooden Award until being deemed academically ineligible with a grade point average below 2.0, a requirement to win the prestigious award. He was the only player in the nation to average over 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists per game.