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Report: Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith has fractured left foot

Zhaire Smith

Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Zhaire Smith has suffered a fractured left foot after initially hurting it during a developmental camp in Las Vegas, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Smith was the 16th overall pick in this year’s draft and is widely regarded as one of the most athletic talents in this year’s pool of rookie talent.

Smith had MRI imaging in Philadelphia today, which revealed a Jones fracture. The 6-foot-5 guard has a surgery scheduled for later this week, according to Charania, but he will also see another specialist in Philadelphia for a second opinion.

The Texas Tech product put up 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 steals, and 1.1 blocks per game as a freshman last season, showing enough potential as a slasher and a raw 3-point shooter (connected in 45 percent of limited attempts — 1.1 per game).

The Sixers have plenty of depth, but were hoping to give Smith playing time over this 2018-19 season, playing hi behind veteran marksman J.J. Redick.

Philly has had a reputation for playing it relatively careful with their young prospects, as the likes of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz have been out of commission for long stretches after sustaining injuries.