Lionel Simmons
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Lionel Simmons
Lionel Simmons
Personal information
Born (1968-11-14) November 14, 1968 (age 51)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolSouth Philadelphia
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeLa Salle (1986-1990)
NBA draft1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career1990-1997
PositionSmall forward
Number22
Career history
1990-1997Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,833 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds2,833 (4.5 rpg)
Assists1,498 (3.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2016

Lionel James "L-Train" Simmons (born November 14, 1968) is an American former professional basketball player.

High school career

Simmons led South Philadelphia High School to a Philadelphia Public League boys' championship in 1986, getting an MVP award in the process.[1] He was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

College career

Simmons was a 6'7" small forward from La Salle University, where he won the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award as a senior. Simmons is fourth in all-time NCAA career points with 3,217 and trails only Pete Maravich, Freeman Williams and Chris Clemons. Simmons became the first player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and pull down more than 1,100 rebounds.[3] He holds the NCAA Basketball record for most consecutive games scoring in double figures with 115.[4] He led the Explorers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1988-90).[5] Simmons was Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for three years. He was a four-time First Team All Big 5 selection and won the Robert V. Geasey Trophy as Big 5 MVP three times. During his career, the Explorers had a 100-31 record.[6] Simmons was inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes in 1995. Simmons was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1996.[7]

Professional career

Simmons was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick of the 1990 NBA draft. He was the runner-up to Derrick Coleman for the 1991 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Simmons was NBA Player of the Week the week after the All-Star break during his rookie season.

He played seven seasons for the Kings, scoring 5,833 career points until prematurely retiring in 1997 due to chronic injuries. He managed to earn more than $21 million in an NBA career that lasted seven seasons.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.phillyhall.org/content.asp?page=1&item=230&param=2
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-09-05. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/34383869.html
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-27. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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