Philadelphia 76ers talisman rookie Ben Simmons was seen in action on Tuesday morning running five-on-zero practice drills for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a fracture in his right foot early in the preseason.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown told reporters that the top overall pick in the 2016 draft went through the scripted drills, described as very light and essentially a walkthrough, at 80 percent.
“The gym got a lift,” Brown told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “You could feel it.”
Simmons had a screw inserted in his right foot to repair an acute Jones fracture on Oct. 4. His expected recovery window was set to be three months.
“We played him as a point guard today,” fellow rookie Joel Embiid said, according to CSN Philadelphia. “I think that’s how they’re trying to grow him. I’m excited to see how he develops into that.”
The Sixers (10-25) have won three of their past four games in an otherwise disappointing season in the bottom spots of the Eastern Conference. Simmons’ return would be a major boost as the team is just starting to find its groove.