By Michael Donovan
Sixers fans won’t get a chance to see No. 1 draft pick Zhaire Smith until 2019.
The 19-year-old’s timetable has been pushed back, according to the PhillyVoice.com:
Zhaire Smith is not expected to return during the 2018 calendar year, per a team source. He has not yet returned to basketball activity as a result of the procedure + complications stemming from his allergic reaction in September.
Smith underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture on his left foot in August, and was initially expected to return around Christmas. However, the Texas Tech standout went through an unrelated procedure in September to address an allergic reaction. It is currently unclear whether or not the thoracoscopy performed on him on September contributed to the delay in his timetable.
Smith was drafted 16th overall in June’s draft by the Phoenix Suns. He was subsequently traded to the Sixers on the same day along with a 2021 first round pick in exchange for Mikal Bridges, who the Sixers drafted using their 10th pick.
The 6-4 guard spent only one year in college. In 37 games for the Red Raiders, he averaged a serviceable 11.3 points on 55.6 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists.