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Ben Simmons was selected for the 2019-2020 NBA All-Defensive First team.
Simmons led the NBA in steals with 2.1 per contest. As a 6'10" point guard, Simmons has established himself as one of the premier defenders in the NBA with his ability to guard every position from guard to center. Simmons is an exceptional talent, and this could be the start of him being honored annually amongst his peers for his defensive prowess. Before undergoing a season-ending injury, Simmons averaged 16.4 points, 8.0 assists, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 steals, and 0.6 blocks across 57 games played.
Sixers star Ben Simmons underwent successful surgery to remove a loose body in his knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
As expected, Simmons will remain in Philadelphia to begin rehab on his knee, effectively ending his season. This news couldn't come at a worse time for the Sixers, as Monday officially marks a week until the playoffs begin and to make matters worse, Joel Embiid injured his ankle on Sunday and has already been ruled out of Tuesday's game. The Sixers will now turn to Shake Milton and Josh Richardson to set up most of their offense with Alec Burks in line to see some extended minutes off the bench. Embiid and Tobias Harris should command elite usage going forward and will be fantastic plays in daily fantasy as long as they are healthy. The 24-year-old point guard will end his 2019-2020 campaign with averages of 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.0 assists and a career-high 2.1 steals per game.
Sixers star Ben Simmons will leave the NBA Bubble to undergo surgery on his left knee.
No timetable has been set on Simmons’ return to action, but one has to assume he’ll be out for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Tough break for a Sixers team that certainly had a chance to make some noise during the playoffs. Philadelphia will now rely even more heavily on its other All-Star, big-man Joel Embiid, and Mr. Consistent Tobias Harris. Al Horford will be needed to step up his game as well in Simmons’ absence.
Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Sixers guard Ben Simmons has suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap and is out indefinitely while considering treatment options.
This is certainly a different story than was told Wednesday night when it was announced Simmons would be day-to-day after an MRI on his left knee came back clean. It's unclear how much time the All-Star will be forced to miss but this diagnosis doesn't sound very encouraging. He is currently considering treatment options and the Sixers should provide more of a concrete timetable for his recovery when a decision is made. With Shake Milton running the point for the Sixers in Orlando, Simmons absence should open up some more run for Alec Burks and Raul Neto while Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson all figure to benefit from increased usage.
Ben Simmons is expected to be day-to-day after an MRI on his left knee came back clean.
This is great news for the Sixers after Simmons exited Wednesday's game early after tweaking his left knee mid-dribble. With home-court advantage no longer playing a factor in the bubble, it's possible the Sixers opt to play things safe with their all-star guard, especially given the fact that they have already clinched a playoff spot. The team should provide further information on Simmons' availability for Friday's game against the Magic and if he is forced to miss time, Shake Milton and Raul Neto would be in line to see larger roles.