Cedric Simmons

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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 33)
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
Career highlights and awards

Cedric Simmons (born January 3, 1986) is an American-born Bulgarian professional basketball player for San-en NeoPhoenix 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 ft 9 in (2.06 m)-tall power forward-center, Simmons was selected by the New Orleans Hornets, in the first round (15th overall pick) of the 2006 NBA draft.

College career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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]

Bulgarian national team[edit]

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 life[edit]

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 statistics[edit]

  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 season[edit]

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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