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Ben Simmons | Forward | #25

Team: Philadelphia 76ers
Age / DOB:  (20) / 7/20/1996
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 240
College: LSU
Drafted: 2016 / Rd. 1 (1) / PHI
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Ben Simmons (foot) is scheduled to have another CT scan on Feb. 23.
According to the 76ers, they will continue to monitor his recovery and are "employing a conservative and thoughtful approach" on his rehab. The team added Simmons' long-term health is the primary concern, which suggests he is even less likely to play this season. Of course, the Feb. 23 scan will be a big milestone for him. Feb 16 - 6:39 PM

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A foot scan for Ben Simmons (foot) on Jan. 23 showed that his foot was not fully healed, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"The first overall pick in last summer’s draft is scheduled to visit the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York as early as Monday to determine if his right foot is fully healed," according to the report. The 76ers have said they are planning on Simmons making his debut this season, but the chances continue to decrease. Coach Brett Brown said Simmons needs at least five full practices to play, so he's still not close yet.
Feb 16 - 5:26 PM

76ers coach Brett Brown said on Wednesday that he expects Ben Simmons (foot) to play at some point this season.

"We do expect him to play this year," Brown said. "It is our expectation that he will get on a court. It’s moving slowly. It’s calculated. We’re trying to be very careful." With a playoff push looking very unlikely, his chances of playing this season have taken a hit and several reports out of Philly have indicated that his return isn't imminent. Simmons isn't even going to play 5-on-5 over the All-Star break, yet the 76ers want to see him go through five full practices before clearing him. At this point in the season, he's more of a luxury stash.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 16 - 10:03 AM

The chances of Ben Simmons (foot) taking the court this season are dwindling, according to plugged-in 76ers' beat reporter Tom Moore.

Brett Brown said that Simmons will need to go through "at least" five 5-on-5 full scrimmages before he's cleared to play, and given that this won't be happening during the break, there's just not much time left in the season for Simmons to put in that kind of work. Even if he scrimmages in full Feb. 22 and 23, the 76ers then have seven games in 11 days, followed by a four-game West Coast trip, leaving little time to practice. Simmons isn't a great guy to stash in standard leagues.
Feb 15 - 9:45 AM

76ers coach Brett Brown doesn't think Ben Simmons will play 5-on-5 over the All-Star break.

Brown said Simmons is "progressing," but the 76ers are going to keep bringing him along incredibly slowly. At this point, it's still not a lock that we will see Simmons play this season and the 76ers will not provide a timetable.
Feb 13 - 6:00 PM

Coach Brett Brown is still unsure when Ben Simmons (foot) will be able to play.

"I understand fans, especially, and [the media doing its] job would like to have some clarity on time but we can't give it," Brown said. "It's just not there. When we do [know], we will certainly share it with you. We truly don't know. He's moving along." When the 76ers were rattling off wins a month ago, there was some hope Simmons could make it back around the break. However, the Joel Embiid (knee) injury has really derailed their chances at the postseason, so the incentive to play Simmons has fallen off in a big way. He's lost some stash appeal.
Feb 9 - 3:35 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Ben Simmons (foot) will need "greater than five" full practices before playing in games.

Now we have at least some sense of when Simmons would get close. Even if it's just five practices and not more than that, there's still no word on when he'll even get to that point. Plus, the 76ers are sliding in the standings, coming in at No. 4 in the lottery. Simmons' stash appeal isn't as attractive these days.
Feb 8 - 5:34 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) remains without an official timetable to return, and there are no guarantees he'll get back on the court this season.

Simmons is currently recovering from a Jones fracture, which is an injury that can be easily aggravated if a player is brought along too soon. Remember, this is the same injury that Kevin Durant dealt with during the 2014-15 season and when he came back too soon he re-broke his foot and required a second surgery; the same thing happened with Cameron Payne this season. Even if Simmons does play, he'd likely only be on the court for a total of 20-22 games in an ideal scenario, and it'd be unlikely he'd ever exceed the 20-minute mark this year. He's not a great standard league stash in re-draft formats.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 8 - 8:56 AM

76ers' head coach Brett Brown said that Ben Simmons (foot) is still "a ways away" from being cleared for 5-on-5 work.

Additionally, the "final scan" that Simmons had on Monday reportedly wasn't a final scan at all, but a planned follow-up with operating physician Dr. Martin O’Malley. There have been reports speculating that Simmons could get back to the court shortly after the All-Star break, but the 76ers have yet to put an official timetable on his return. Even if Simmons is able to debut during Philly's first game after the break on Feb. 24 (a best-case scenario), he'll likely need about a month before he's earning meaningful minutes, so he may not even be contributing until Week-2 of the fantasy playoffs.
Jan 25 - 9:23 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) had a planned scan on Monday with his operating physician in New York and is progressing as expected, yet remains without a timetable for his return.

Simmons is clearing minor hurdles and seems to be slowly but surely inching towards a return. Reports have intimated that the Sixers and Simmons are targeting sometime after the All-Star break. He is worth a stash, especially if your league utilizes an IR spot; however, keep in mind that even after Simmons returns, the Sixers will be very cautious with him. We can safely assume they will severely limit his minutes and prevent him from playing in back-to-back etc.
Jan 24 - 11:59 AM

Ben Simmons (foot) will have a "final scan" on Monday according to 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo.

While an official timetable has not been released, Simmons' return is coming "soon enough" and Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that he's expected to debut shortly after the All-Star break. 76ers coach Brett Brown hinted earlier in the week that he expects to see the No. 1 overall pick at some point this season, so feel free to stash him if you have an available IR spot. Expect the 76ers to monitor his minutes similar to the way they treated Joel Embiid earlier this season.
Jan 22 - 9:48 AM

Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot.
Jan 19 - 2:27 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) "could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break," according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The report adds the No. 1 pick has a chance to make his NBA debut "near March," assuming he doesn't have a setback. He went through 5-on-5 for the first time last week and continues to do some work pre-game, including on the road. He'll likely have a minutes limit upon his return, so it may be a while before he's contributing reliable production. Simmons is a questionable stash in standard leagues, especially if you need to make up ground in the standings.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 7:36 PM

Coach Brett Brown said there is "no chance" Ben Simmons will play on Jan. 27 against the Rockets.

That game was switched to national TV, which has caused some speculation about Simmons making his debut. He is doing some on-court work and the 76ers actually in the mix to make the postseason has given the team a reason to play him. Perhaps he can make his debut next month, but he's still only a questionable stash without a target date.
Jan 18 - 5:32 PM

Ben Simmons (foot) played point guard during some 5-on-0 drills at Tuesday's practice.

Joel Embiid said that it was "exciting" to play alongside Simmons, and he's hopeful the 76ers' No. 1 overall draft pick will be getting back to the court "soon." This is a small step in the right direction, but he's still not taking contact, so it doesn't seem like he's all that close to making his debut. The 76ers will likely impose a strict minutes limit upon Simmons once he is cleared to return to the court, and with an uncertain return date, he's not a great stash in standard leagues.
Jan 10 - 2:59 PM

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