If Simmons does undergo surgery, he is expected to miss around eight weeks. He did miss time last season at LSU with an ankle injury, and also left during the NBA Summer League with leg cramps. There is no word on if those incidents could have lead up to this fracture.
The rookie sensation from Australia was drafted first overall in this past year's draft, the Sixers' first No. 1 overall pick since Allen Iverson in 1996. In his lone season with the LSU Tigers, Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.
His injury is just the latest of numerous setbacks for the Philadelphia organization, as they have seen top picks like Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor go down early in their careers. They are coming off a dismal 10-72 season, and hope that Simmons will be available early in the regular season to bring the excitement back to Philly.