Ben Simmons could make 76ers debut after All-Star break

Ben Simmons could make his debut sooner than many anticipated.

The Philadelphia 76ers No. 1 overall pick last season has not played a single minute this year after sustaining an injury in training camp. Considered to be a “can’t miss” prospect coming out of LSU, he has yet to have to opportunity to prove he is as talented as billed.

Originally expected to be out the entire season, Simmons could make his return after the All-Star break in March, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes..

The rookie forward is recovering from a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot and was ruled out indefinitely following surgery. Sources say the foot is completely healed and that Simmons is in the process of working his way back. Last week he participated in 5-on-5 drills for the first time since the injury.

There is still the chance the team will proceed with caution, though.

Floundering at 13-26 this season, they aren’t a Ben Simmons away from being a playoff team. The brass might feel it is best to shut him down for the year anyway and have an entire offseason to work with the superstar hopeful.

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