Ben Simmons.

Report: Ben Simmons to require surgery and miss three months of action

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News broke yesterday that number one overall draft pick Ben Simmons broken a bone in his foot during his first-ever Philadelphia 76ers scrimmage.

It was a devastating blow for the franchise who really hoped that Simmons could help lift them from the record-low mire they have found themselves in for the past few seasons.

However, according to sources, the Australian's predicted recovery timetable is nothing like the two years Joel Embiid sat on the shelf.

Sources told ESPN on Saturday that doctors involved believe Simmons suffered an acute injury - caused by landing on another player's foot - and not a stress reaction, and that the Sixers are supportive of a conservative timetable for his recovery.

The 20-year-old forward is said to have put on 33 pounds since joining Philly and his new body composition is said to have played a part in the injury.

The Sixers have had terrible luck with high draft picks in recent years. The aforementioned Embiid, selected third overall by the Sixers in 2014, has yet to play in the NBA because of multiple surgeries on his right foot.

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Nerlens Noel, drafted sixth in 2013, was forced to sit out his entire rookie season in 2013-14 with a torn ACL.

Last year's third overall selection, Jahlil Okafor, had his rookie campaign cut short after 53 games by season-ending surgery on his right knee.

If Simmons can return to action around the January mark, then all may not be lost for the Sixers.

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