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Bobby Simmons (born June 2, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player. He last played for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He won the NBA Most Improved Player Award in 2005. Simmons also has a son Lekem McGee that was recognized as one of the top players in Illinois in 2015.

Bobby Simmons
Bobby Simmons.jpg
Simmons with the Bucks
Personal information
Born (1980-06-02) June 2, 1980 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High schoolSimeon (Chicago, Illinois)
CollegeDePaul (1998–2001)
NBA draft2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career2001–2012
PositionSmall forward
Number21, 1
Career history
20012003Washington Wizards
20032005Los Angeles Clippers
20052008Milwaukee Bucks
20082010New Jersey Nets
2010San Antonio Spurs
2011–2012Reno Bighorns
2012Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

After graduating from Chicago's Neal F. Simeon High School, Simmons played three years of college basketball for DePaul University. During his three seasons at DePaul, Simmons averaged 13.6 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Simmons was selected in the second round (41st pick overall) of the 2001 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Simmons's draft rights were traded to the Washington Wizards for Predrag Drobnjak on June 27, 2001.

Simmons was traded by the Wizards on September 11, 2002, shortly before the start of the 2002–03 NBA season, to the Detroit Pistons with Hubert Davis and Richard Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse, Brian Cardinal, and Ratko Varda. He was released by the Pistons on September 24 and, less than two weeks later, signed with the Wizards again on October 10. Later, Simmons signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on September 26, 2003.

The 6 ft 8 in (203 cm), 235 lb (107 kg) small forward had a breakout year during the 2004–05 NBA season with the Los Angeles Clippers in which he averaged a career-high 16.4 points per game. He was rewarded for his stellar play with the NBA Most Improved Player Award.

He signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Bucks on August 8, 2005, shortly after the new collective bargaining agreement was finalized. Since his breakout year with the Clippers, Simmons has struggled to reach the same level of play. In his first year with the Bucks, his points, rebounds and shooting percentages all declined. Then in 2006, an ankle injury forced him to miss the entire 2006–07 season.

Bobby Simmons was traded along with Yi Jianlian to the New Jersey Nets for Richard Jefferson on June 26, 2008, just a few hours before that year's NBA draft.[2] While his season was not as productive as before, he still managed to finish 5th in the league in 3-point shooting percentage.

In September 2010, Simmons signed with the San Antonio Spurs; however, the team waived him in November after he went scoreless in 2 games played.[3]

In March 2011, Simmons signed with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[4]

On February 27, 2012, the Los Angeles Clippers signed Simmons to a 10-day contract.[5] On March 9, 2012, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Clippers.[6] He signed with them again on March 24, 2012.[7]

In December 2012, Simmons said that he was still interested in playing professional basketball.[8]

Off the courtEdit

Bobby Simmons and Lavelle Sykes founded a Chicago clothing store called Succezz. Simmons also owns a nightclub in Chicago called Society.[9]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 Washington 30 3 11.4 .453 .286 .733 1.7 .6 .4 .2 3.7
2002–03 Washington 36 2 10.5 .393 .000 .914 2.1 .6 .3 .1 3.3
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 56 8 24.6 .394 .167 .834 4.7 1.7 .9 .3 7.8
2004–05 L.A. Clippers 75 74 37.3 .466 .435 .846 5.9 2.7 1.4 .2 16.4
2005–06 Milwaukee 75 74 33.8 .453 .420 .825 4.4 2.3 1.1 .3 13.4
2007–08 Milwaukee 70 21 21.7 .421 .351 .757 3.2 1.1 .7 .1 7.6
2008–09 New Jersey 71 44 24.4 .449 .447 .741 3.9 1.3 .7 .1 7.8
2009–10 New Jersey 23 2 17.2 .359 .317 .900 2.7 .7 .7 .1 5.3
2010–11 San Antonio 2 0 8.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 1.0 .0 .0 .0
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 28 0 14.9 .311 .333 .571 2.0 .4 .5 .1 2.9
Career 466 228 24.7 .437 .396 .823 3.8 1.5 .8 .2 9.0

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Milwaukee 5 5 31.8 .333 .417 .000 3.6 2.0 1.8 .2 6.6
2012 L.A. Clippers 4 1 8.0 .556 .250 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 2.8
Career 9 6 21.1 .373 .375 .000 2.1 1.1 1.0 .1 4.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bobby Simmons Statistics- Basketball Reference.com".
  2. ^ "ESPN – Nets agree to trade Jefferson to Bucks for Yi, Simmons". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-06-26.
  3. ^ "Spurs Sign Chris Quinn, Waive Simmons". NBA.com. November 5, 2010. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Bobby Simmons To Join NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns On Wednesday
  5. ^ "BOBBY SIMMONS SIGNED TO 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  6. ^ "BOBBY SIMMONS SIGNED TO SECOND 10-DAY CONTRACT". NBA.com. 2012-03-09. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  7. ^ "BOBBY SIMMONS RE-SIGNED BY CLIPPERS". NBA.com. March 24, 2012. Retrieved March 24, 2012.
  8. ^ Kane, Colleen (December 11, 2012). "Catching up with Bobby Simmons: Not ready to give up". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 25, 2013.
  9. ^ March Madness legend: Bobby Simmons

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