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Sixers first-rounder Smith suffers foot fracture

Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick Zhaire Smith suffered a left foot injury at a development camp in Las Vegas on Monday, the team announced Tuesday.


Reuters Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 01:08 IST
Sixers first-rounder Smith suffers foot fracture

Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick Zhaire Smith suffered a left foot injury at a development camp in Las Vegas on Monday, the team announced Tuesday.

According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Smith underwent an MRI in Philadelphia on Tuesday that revealed a Jones fracture. Smith is tentatively scheduled for surgery later this week, though he will visit another foot specialist this week, per the report.

A diagnosis or potential timetable regarding the injury was not revealed in the Sixers' initial announcement.

If Smith does need surgery that could sideline him for an extended time, it would be the fifth straight year the Sixers have seen a top pick face a major injury. Ben Simmons (2016) and Joel Embiid (2014) sat out their entire rookie seasons, while Markelle Fultz (2017) played in just 14 games due to a shoulder injury, and Jahlil Okafor (2015) had his first year cut short at 53 games due to a meniscus tear in his right knee.

Smith was the 16th overall pick in this year's NBA draft, who the 76ers acquired via a draft-night trade for Philadelphia native and Villanova product Mikal Bridges and a 2021 first-round pick.

A 19-year-old guard, Smith averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his lone season at Texas Tech.

The development camp is run by former Pitt basketball coach Tim Grgurich, who has served as a consultant for several NBA teams.

--Field Level Media

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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