The first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft played in his first summer league game on Monday night, and ironically, Ben Simmons faced off against third-overall-pick Jaylen Brown.
Simmons shined and made a few highlight-reel plays (see below) but was forced to leave the game with about four minutes remaining due to what looked to be a leg injury. Here’s how it happened.
Luckily, it seems as if it was just a cramp, which is normal for a summer league game, when guys aren’t used to playing.
From everything I saw, it looked like a calf cramp for Ben Simmons. Get the kid some bananas.
— Andy Bailey (@AndrewDBailey) July 5, 2016
And that aforementioned highlight-reel play? Check out this sick, no-look, over-the-shoulder dime for an easy bucket.
So there you have it: Simmons’ first injury and sick dime, in the same blog post.