Watch out Eastern Conference, Ben Simmons is ready!
As players around the league being to ramp up their training ahead of the July 31 season restart, Simmons showed he’s already been putting in that work during the league shutdown, posting a series of pictures on social media, showing off his noticeably improved physique.
The Aussie was set to miss the remainder of the regular season with a nerve impingement in his lower back before the season was suspended due to the global coronavirus pandemic, but following the layoff, Simmons has worked his way back and looks set to give the 76ers’ playoff chances a huge boost.
Simmons is already one of the league’s most unstoppable forces in the open floor and following a refreshing break to recover from his injury, coupled with his noticeable gains, the two-time All-Star will be giving defenders in the paint even more nightmares.
The 76ers are one of 22 teams that will be a part of the NBA season restart at Disney World in Florida, which will see the season run from July 31 to October 12.
Currently sitting in the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference, the 76ers will play eight regular-season games in Orlando to determine the final seeding, before the playoffs begin in the NBA bubble.
Last month, 76ers General Manager Elton Brand noted that Simmons was well on track to return to the court after his recovery.
“Ben Simmons is doing really really well,” Brand said. “I give Ben and our medical staff a ton of credit for their hard work throughout his recovery.”
“We’ve took our time, we’ve been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab, just to make sure, because we weren’t in a rush,” Brand continued. “It’s hard to speculate. He’s been working hard and I know he’d be close or ready.”
“When I FaceTime him during his workouts and his treatments and I see him, I’d be highly encouraged. His ramp-up would be different.”
The 23-year-old averaged 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 8.2 assists in 54 games this season.
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