This isn’t the start that Ben Simmons or Philadelphia 76ers’ fans envisioned for the No. 1 overall pick.
Simmons left the fourth quarter of the 76ers game against the Boston Celtics in the Utah summer league. Simmons had cramps in both calves per the broadcast and did not return to the game.
Teammates helping Simmons straight to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/Iaq5afRhuN
— Kareem Copeland (@kareemcopeland) July 5, 2016
Before the injury, it had been a strong start for the LSU product.
Simmons scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, had 4 assists in his first game. He also had a couple of impressive plays, highlighted by this sweet behind-the-head pass.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) July 5, 2016
Simmons also went 6-for-6 at the free throw line. At LSU, Simmons shot just 67 percent from the free throw line. His first points of the game came at the line.
— NBA (@NBA) July 4, 2016
Simmons was the first No. 1 pick from LSU since Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He was one of five SEC players drafted in the first round of this year’s NBA draft. Simmons was also the fifth player from the SEC to ever be drafted No. 1 overall, joining O’Neal, John Wall(2010), Anthony Davis(2012) and Karl-Anthony Towns(2014).
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