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Another Philadelphia 76ers first-round pick is in danger of missing an entire season.
This time it’s 6-foot-4 rookie shooting guard Zhaire Smith, drafted by the Sixers at No. 16 overall in June.
In a feature for The Ringer, writer John Gonzalez relays that a mysterious food allergy (and not foot surgery in August) may cause Smith to be out until the summer.
The Sixers just recently issued a statement related to the Smith situation, which can be read below.
— Sarah Todd (@NBASarah) November 10, 2018
“On background, team sources told reporters that they were aware of Smith’s peanut allergy and prepared his food individually, but the team and the player were unaware that he also had a sesame allergy, and he may have eaten something from the facility with sesame in it that triggered a reaction,” Gonzalez reported.
Former Sixers center Nerlens Noel, current center Joel Embiid and guard Ben Simmons each missed their entire rookie seasons. Last year, guard Markelle Fultz played just 14 games (and is out again).
Smith, it appears, could become another name on that troubling list.