Cedric Simmons

Cedric Simmons (born January 3, 1986) is an American-born Bulgarian professional basketball player for SeaHorses Mikawa in Japan. He was born in the United States, but also holds Bulgarian citizenship, and has played for the senior men's Bulgarian national basketball team.[1] A 6-foot-9-inch-tall (206 cm) power forward-center, Simmons was selected by the New Orleans Hornets, in the first round (15th overall pick) of the 2006 NBA draft.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons.JPG
Simmons with Olympiacos in 2013
Free agent
PositionPower forward / center
Personal information
Born (1986-01-03) January 3, 1986 (age 35)
Shallotte, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican / Bulgarian
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight244 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolWest Brunswick
(Shallotte, North Carolina)
CollegeNC State (2004–2006)
NBA draft2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Playing career2006–present
Career history
2006–2007New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
2007–2008Cleveland Cavaliers
2008Rio Grande Valley Vipers
20082009Chicago Bulls
2008Iowa Energy
2009Sacramento Kings
2009–2010Idaho Stampede
2010Dongguan Leopards
2012–2013Enel Brindisi
2014Enel Brindisi
2016Maccabi Tel Aviv
2019San-en NeoPhoenix
2019–2020SeaHorses Mikawa
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

Simmons played college basketball at North Carolina State University with the NC State Wolfpack. As a sophomore, he averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 2.5 blocks per game.

Professional careerEdit

Simmons was selected with the 15th pick in the 2006 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. On July 5, 2006, he signed with the Hornets.[2] On September 29, 2007, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for guard David Wesley.[3] On January 2, 2008, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League.[4] He was recalled by Cleveland on January 11, 2008.[5] On February 21, 2008, he was traded to the Chicago Bulls, in a three-team trade, along with Drew Gooden, Larry Hughes, and Shannon Brown, in exchange for Ben Wallace and Joe Smith.[6] On March 15, 2008, he was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the D-League.[7] On April 1, 2008, he was recalled by the Bulls.[8] On February 18, 2009, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings, along with Drew Gooden and Andrés Nocioni, for Brad Miller and John Salmons.[9]

On December 4, 2009, he was signed by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.[10] In late January 2010, he left the Stampede and signed with the Dongguan Leopards of China for the rest of the 2009–10 CBA season.[11] After the end of the Chinese season, on April 2, 2010, he signed with Kavala of the Greek League for the rest of the season.[12] In August 2011, he signed with Estudiantes of the Spanish Liga ACB for the 2011–12 season.[13]

On August 17, 2012, Simmons signed with New Basket Brindisi of the Italian Serie A for the 2012–13 season.[14] On July 1, 2013, he signed a three-year deal with the Greek club Olympiacos.[15] On November 4, 2014, he parted ways with Olympiacos.[16] Four days later, he signed with his former team New Basket Brindisi.[17] After suffering a season-ending knee injury, he was replaced in the line-up by Micheal Eric on December 13, 2014.[18]

On August 8, 2015, he signed with Royal Halı Gaziantep of the Turkish Basketball League.[19] However, later that month he parted ways with Gaziantep before appearing in a game for them.[20]

On January 28, 2016, he signed a two-week contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[21] Following the expiration of his contract, he parted ways with Maccabi on February 12.[22] Two days later, he signed with Baloncesto Sevilla for the rest of the season.[23] However, after failing to pass physicals his contract with the Spanish team was voided.[24]

On August 19, 2016, Simmons joined Budućnost VOLI for a tryout period.[25] However, he did not signed a contract. On November 27, 2016, he signed with Estonian club BC Kalev/Cramo.[26] Two days later, he made his debut for Kalev/Cramo in a 102–69 win over G4S Noorteliiga, recording 6 points in 14 minutes.[27] On August 1, 2017, he re-signed with Kalev/Cramo for one more season.[28]

National team careerEdit

Simmons has been a member of the senior men's Bulgarian national basketball team. He played at the FIBA EuroBasket 2013 qualification tournament, where he averaged 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game.[29]

Personal lifeEdit

On December 12, 2007, Simmons's girlfriend, Sabrina Acevedo, gave birth to the couple's son at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.[30]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  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

2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City 43 4 12.4 .417 .000 .485 2.5 .3 .2 .5 2.9
2007–08 Cleveland 7 0 9.7 .333 .000 .000 2.1 .0 .3 .7 .6
2007–08 Chicago 7 0 2.7 .250 .000 .000 .4 .0 .0 .0 .6
2008–09 Chicago 11 0 5.5 .524 .000 .429 1.1 .2 .1 .4 2.5
2008–09 Sacramento 7 0 3.3 .000 .000 .500 .6 .0 .0 .0 .1
Career 75 4 9.4 .409 .000 .390 1.9 .2 .1 .4 2.2


  1. ^ Cedric Simmons in Bulgaria on his first minutes for the NT and PAO rumors.
  2. ^ Hornets officially sign draft picks, waive Norris
  3. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire Cedric Simmons". NBA.com. 2007-09-29. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  4. ^ "Cleveland Cavaliers Assign Cedric Simmons To Rio Grande Valley". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  5. ^ "Cavaliers Recall Cedric Simmons From Rio Grande Valley Vipers". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  6. ^ "Bulls acquire Gooden and Hughes in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2008-02-21. Archived from the original on March 6, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  7. ^ "Chicago Bulls Assign Shannon Brown and Cedric Simmons To Iowa Energy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  8. ^ Bulls Recall Brown, Simmons From D-League
  9. ^ "KINGS ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
  10. ^ "STAMPEDE ADD CEDRIC SIMMONS TO ROSTER". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  11. ^ Cedric Simmons joins Chinese team.
  12. ^ Kavala signs Cedric Simmons
  13. ^ Asefa Estudiantes lands former NBA Cedric Simmons.
  14. ^ Enel Brindisi lands Cedric Simmons
  15. ^ Olympiacos hands Simmons three-year deal
  16. ^ Olympiacos, Cedric Simmons part ways
  17. ^ Cedric Simmons returns to Enel Brindisi
  18. ^ Brindisi, sembra conclusa la trattativa con il pivot, sarà Michael Eric il sostituto di Cedric Simmons (in Italian)
  19. ^ Gaziantep announces Cedric Simmons
  20. ^ Gaziantep, Cedric Simmons part ways
  21. ^ Maccabi Tel Aviv announces Cedric Simmons
  22. ^ Maccabi Tel Aviv release Cedric Simmons
  23. ^ Sevilla signs Cedric Simmons
  24. ^ Cedric Simmons did not pass physicals with Sevilla
  25. ^ Cedric Simmons joins KK Buducnost Voli for a tryout period
  26. ^ Lähiajal korvi alla jõudu juurde Archived 2016-12-01 at the Wayback Machine (in Estonian)
  27. ^ Noorteliiga - Kalev/Cramo 69-102
  28. ^ BC Kalev inks Bojan Subotic, re-signs Cedric Simmons
  30. ^ Cavaliers: Wine and Gold's Winter Woes Continue.

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