The Philadelphia 76ers have some decisions to make in the next few weeks regarding trades and injured players. Ben Simmons, the number one draft choice from last year’s draft, still hasn’t played this season, but he is getting healthier. He may be able to play this season, but should the Sixers even risk putting him on the court with only 26 games left in the regular season?
Ben Simmons will make the Sixers better than they are now, but time may be running out for the team this season. The Sixers are still a few games back from the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and the race is tightening up, with many teams trying to clinch the final spot for the playoffs. The Sixers would have to play phenomenally well to clinch a playoff spot, but with Joel Embiid getting injured and potential trades on the horizon, that would be very tough, even with Ben Simmons debuting.
Even if the Sixers did somehow make the playoffs with Ben Simmons in the lineup, the Cleveland Cavaliers would probably sweep them in the first round. The Sixers don’t have a realistic shot at the title yet, so attempting to beat powerful teams that have consistently been in the playoffs may be useless.
It would probably be a better idea to not rush Ben Simmons onto the court, especially after an injury that has kept him out for the past five months. The coaching and medical staff should allow his broken foot to heal properly and fully before allowing him to play because he is the future of this franchise.
The Sixers don’t really have many reasons to play Simmons. Playing him for the rest of a lost season will be pointless. The only reason we would see Ben Simmons on the court would be for the coaching staff to get a feel for the chemistry he has with other players on the team.
For now, the Sixers are doing pretty well without Simmons in the lineup. They’ve won 21 games this season, and they are definitely not the worst team in the NBA anymore. They’ve improved, and guys like Dario Saric and Joel Embiid have carried this team throughout the season. Right now, Dario Saric is the one leading the team with Embiid and Simmons out. Simmons will also get his time to shine in the NBA, but it is important for him to rest and recover before officially debuting in an NBA game.
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