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. 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.
Simmons with Olympiacos in 2013
|Position||Power forward / center|
|Born||January 3, 1986|
Shallotte, North Carolina
|Nationality||American / Bulgarian|
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||244 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||West Brunswick|
(Shallotte, North Carolina)
|College||NC State (2004–2006)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2006–2007||New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets|
|2008||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers|
|2016||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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. On September 29, 2007, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in exchange for guard David Wesley. On January 2, 2008, he was assigned to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. He was recalled by Cleveland on January 11, 2008. 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. On March 15, 2008, he was assigned to the Iowa Energy of the D-League. On April 1, 2008, he was recalled by the Bulls. On February 18, 2009, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings, along with Drew Gooden and Andrés Nocioni, for Brad Miller and John Salmons.
On December 4, 2009, he was signed by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League. 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. 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. In August 2011, he signed with Estudiantes of the Spanish Liga ACB for the 2011–12 season.
On August 17, 2012, Simmons signed with New Basket Brindisi of the Italian Serie A for the 2012–13 season. On July 1, 2013, he signed a three-year deal with the Greek club Olympiacos. On November 4, 2014, he parted ways with Olympiacos. Four days later, he signed with his former team New Basket Brindisi. After suffering a season-ending knee injury, he was replaced in the line-up by Micheal Eric on December 13, 2014.
On January 28, 2016, he signed a two-week contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv. Following the expiration of his contract, he parted ways with Maccabi on February 12. Two days later, he signed with Baloncesto Sevilla for the rest of the season. However, after failing to pass physicals his contract with the Spanish team was voided.
On August 19, 2016, Simmons joined Budućnost VOLI for a tryout period. However, he did not signed a contract. On November 27, 2016, he signed with Estonian club BC Kalev/Cramo. Two days later, he made his debut for Kalev/Cramo in a 102–69 win over G4S Noorteliiga, recording 6 points in 14 minutes. On August 1, 2017, he re-signed with Kalev/Cramo for one more season.
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.
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|
|2006–07||New Orleans/Oklahoma City||43||4||12.4||.417||.000||.485||2.5||.3||.2||.5||2.9|
- Cedric Simmons in Bulgaria on his first minutes for the NT and PAO rumors.
- Hornets officially sign draft picks, waive Norris
- "Cavaliers Acquire Cedric Simmons". NBA.com. 2007-09-29. Archived from the original on October 11, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
- "Cleveland Cavaliers Assign Cedric Simmons To Rio Grande Valley". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- "Cavaliers Recall Cedric Simmons From Rio Grande Valley Vipers". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- "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.
- "Chicago Bulls Assign Shannon Brown and Cedric Simmons To Iowa Energy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- Bulls Recall Brown, Simmons From D-League
- "KINGS ACQUIRE FOUR PLAYERS IN THREE-TEAM TRADE". NBA.com. 2009-02-18. Retrieved 2009-02-19.
- "STAMPEDE ADD CEDRIC SIMMONS TO ROSTER". Archived from the original on 2016-06-10. Retrieved 2016-02-17.
- Cedric Simmons joins Chinese team.
- Kavala signs Cedric Simmons
- Asefa Estudiantes lands former NBA Cedric Simmons.
- Enel Brindisi lands Cedric Simmons
- Olympiacos hands Simmons three-year deal
- Olympiacos, Cedric Simmons part ways
- Cedric Simmons returns to Enel Brindisi
- Brindisi, sembra conclusa la trattativa con il pivot, sarà Michael Eric il sostituto di Cedric Simmons (in Italian)
- Gaziantep announces Cedric Simmons
- Gaziantep, Cedric Simmons part ways
- Maccabi Tel Aviv announces Cedric Simmons
- Maccabi Tel Aviv release Cedric Simmons
- Sevilla signs Cedric Simmons
- Cedric Simmons did not pass physicals with Sevilla
- Cedric Simmons joins KK Buducnost Voli for a tryout period
- Lähiajal korvi alla jõudu juurde Archived 2016-12-01 at the Wayback Machine (in Estonian)
- Noorteliiga - Kalev/Cramo 69-102
- BC Kalev inks Bojan Subotic, re-signs Cedric Simmons
- FIBAEurope.com CEDRIC SIMMONS (BULGARIA).
- Cavaliers: Wine and Gold's Winter Woes Continue.