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Ben Simmons look set to debut next month

Mon, Feb 13, 12:58pm by Head Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to be patient with their number one draft pick, Melbournian, Ben Simmons. After breaking a bone in his right foot in October, it’s been difficult to get updates from the 76ers about a return-date for the 20-year-old, with the club happy to keep their young star in cotton-wool.

On Wednesday, we got a hint as to when the club is thinking of debuting the 208cm utility. That hint came when Brett Brown said that although there was still no timetable for Simmons’ return, he needs five days of five-on-five scrimmage before he’s ready.

That also means that, as per league rules, we will hear from Simmons at least five times before he debuts as each player must be made available to the press when he participates in full 5-on-5 scrimmages.

So, let’s take a look at the schedule to try and come up with a date when we may see the prized recruit in a 76ers uniform.

The All-Star weekend in New Orleans from February 18 to 20 (AEDT) throws a spanner in the works with official practices set to be halted. This give the Sixers an easy excuse to be patient with him, which they’ve already shown they are willing to do.

The first sizeable run of home games after the All-Star break is from the 4th to the 6th (AEDT) of March and it’s safe to assume that the club will wait until this home stretch to start him on 5-on-5s.

March looks like the most likely month for him to debut, but since the club haven’t released their plans for his practice schedule just yet, it’s hard to tell if its will be early or mid-March.

Philadelphia is currently sitting third last in the eastern conference, with a win-loss of 20-34. They are out of playoff contention so they may even wait until the end of March to debut their star, but barring any further hiccups, we should see the Australian make his long-awaited debut at some point next month.

Simmons’ teammates will once again take the floor without him on Tuesday when they visit Charlotte. They are a big underdog at $4.50 with the Hornets at $1.22.

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