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Simmons, Ball or Fultz the favorite for 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year?

Who's the NBA Rookie of the Year favorite for next season? Getty Images

Chad Ford and Kevin Pelton continue their running dialogue on rookies and draft prospects.

Ford: The Philadelphia 76ers announced Friday that No. 1 pick Ben Simmons will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season -- meaning he'll have missed the entire season -- because his broken foot hasn't fully healed. While the news disappoints Sixers fans and others eager to see Simmons play, it should create a very interesting NBA Rookie of the Year race next season.

With several potential stars in a very deep 2017 NBA draft class, we could be looking at multiple candidates for Rookie of the Year in 2017-18.