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Zhaire Smith a partial participant in Sixers practice

Zhaire Smith, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith was a partial participant in the team’s practice on Wednesday:

The Sixers acquired Smith from the Phoenix Suns in last year’s draft in exchange for 10th overall pick Mikal Bridges. Philly also acquired a future first-round pick in that deal, a pick that wound up going to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Tobias Harris trade.

Sadly, the Sixers’ rookie curse continued.

Smith suffered a broken foot while partaking in an NBA developmental camp last summer. In addition, he had a thoracoscopy because of some type of food allergy that reportedly caused him to lose at least 29 pounds.

Shortly after that, reports came out that he might not be able to play this season.

Smith could join a long list of Sixers draftees who have missed their entire rookie season due to injuries. Nerlens Noel (sixth overall pick in 2013), Joel Embiid (third overall pick in 2014), and Ben Simmons (first overall pick in 2016) were all sidelined during their first year in the league either because they were recovering from injuries when they were drafted or they suffered an injury during team practice.

Even Jahlil Okafor (third overall pick in 2015) and Markelle Fultz (first overall pick in 2017) missed significant amounts of time during their rookie years due to injuries.

It is unclear if Smith will be cleared to play this season, but with the Sixers expected to make a deep playoff run, it is highly likely that they will sit him out and allow him to fully recover.