The cost of “The Process” has negatively impacted what has historically been a solid Sixers medical staff. For seven straight seasons the Sixers finished below the league average for games lost to injury, including three top-2 finishes. However that trend ended when the team opted to trade for Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, two players who missed a combined 271 games to injury during their brief time with the organization. The decisions to draft Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid only amplified the totals, elevating the Sixers injury total past 250 for three consecutive seasons.
The Sixers brought in Australian sports scientist Dr. David Martin last summer to help and the franchise is now set to welcome back Embiid. Unfortunately Martin and Johnson once again find themselves managing the injury of a young talent as number one overall pick Ben Simmons is out following surgery to repair an acute fifth metatarsal fracture. While the injury is becoming an increasing common problem in the NBA, how Simmons progresses over the next few months will be key to at long-last visualizing the Process.