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Jonathon Simmons - SG/SF, 6'6, 195
Orlando Magic - Signed as a free agent in July 2017
       Date of birth: 09/24/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2012
     Out of: Houston
  NBA Experience: 2 years
  Hand: Right

14th January, 2013 American Basketball League Drafted 1st overall in the 2013 ABL Draft by Sugar Land Legends. Concurrently signed a one season contract.
31st October, 2013 D-League Designated as a local tryout player by Austin Spurs.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as a returning player by Austin Spurs.
22nd July, 2015 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with San Antonio.
7th November, 2015 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
14th November, 2015 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
16th November, 2015 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
20th November, 2015 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
17th March, 2016 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
19th March, 2016 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
20th March, 2016 D-League Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Spurs of the D-League.
22nd March, 2016 D-League Recalled by San Antonio from Austin Spurs of the D-League.
14th July, 2017 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year, $18 million contract with Orlando.
When: Where:
2008 - 2010 Midland CC (Junior College)
2010 - 2012 Houston (NCAA)
January 2013 - April 2013 Sugar Land Legends (American Basketball League)
October 2013 - June 2015 Austin Spurs (D-League)
July 2015 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
July 2015 San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)
July 2015 - June 2017 San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
July 2017 - present Orlando Magic (NBA)
From blog:

   2017 NBA Manifesto

Jonathan Simmons
SG/SF, 6’6, 195lbs, 27 years old, 2 years of experience

In a league full of the athletic types, Simmons stands out. One of the few regular purveyors of the chase-down block now that LeBron has stopped doing it, and plenty willing and able to dunk on any tosser any time, Simmons thrives on transition opportunities and baseline cuts around post-play, spotting up occasionally, driving close-outs, and being effective offensively without being much of a shooter or without being able to dribble in traffic. Let us not confused his memorable year with being a particularly good one, however; his .504% true shooting percentage speaks to his limitations (with a low level of ball skills that has not improved much), he does not rebound despite having all the tools to do so, and he is already 27 years old. Still, he does well in his role. And should any team (READ: Brooklyn) fancy throwing a big contract at him in the hope that he can improve that handle and become more of a focal-point scorer to go along with some excellent wing defence, then, despite his age, the Arenas rule will apply.

Player Plan: Entering restricted free agency coming off of a minimum salary. The Arenas provision applies, but should not be needed - if someone wishes to bid over the MLE for a system player with limited skill headed towards 30, let them.

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   2015 NBA Summer League Rosters - Brooklyn

Jonathan Simmons

Since leaving Houston in 2012 with averages of 14.7 ppg and 5.0 rpg as a senior, Simmons has been in the US minor leagues, firstly the ABA and then the last two years with the Austin Toros/Spurs of the D-League. He enjoyed a decent spike in minutes last year, and averaged 15.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. Although that isn't actually that much in the high scoring D-League - as evidenced by a 13.6 PER - it's plenty solid enough, and came on percentages of 49.4%/39.8%/75.0%. Simmons is prone to mistakes, driving into trouble, losing the ball, throwing it away, and overfavouring his right hand. But at 6'6, athletic and contributing a little in all facets of the game, Simmons has some assets that would make him an NBA role playing wing. It would benefit him greatly to prove he can be a high volume three point shooter, as, although an efficient one, this has yet to happen.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 1st November 2017

Simmons has been simply excellent to begin the season for the Magic, recording 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, looking infinitely more confident dribbling the ball in traffic than ever before. Yet for all that output, his fantasy price remains remarkably low. Possibly the best value on this list, if not the whole game, Simmons is a tremendous pick today.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 29th October 2017

Simmons has taken to the challenge of his new team and expanded role, hitting the ground running with a 14.0 points per game average thus far. He is not producing much other than points, but, for the very small cost involved, that is quite the output.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 5th November 2017

In addition to his strong start to the season at his usual position, Simmons is now having to fill in as Mack’s point guard backup. It is not a role fit for his skills, but anything that improves his minutes played and stats output is valuable to us in fantasy.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 3rd November 2017

Picked twice already in this list on the young season, Simmons’s price has yet to go up, while his production continues to do so. Indeed, in the one game since he was last cited as a great pick, he recorded 28 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. At this price, pick him.

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