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Bobby Simmons is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 professional basketball
Basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

 player.

College career


Simmons played three years of college basketball
College basketball
College basketball most often refers to the USA basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association . Basketball in the NCAA is divided into three divisions: Division I, Division II and Division III....

 for DePaul University
DePaul University
DePaul University is a private institution of higher education and research in Chicago, Illinois. Founded by the Vincentians in 1898, the university takes its name from the 17th century French priest Saint Vincent de Paul...

. During his three seasons at DePaul, Simmons averaged 13.6 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game.

Professional career


Simmons was selected in the second round (41st pick overall) of the 2001 NBA Draft
2001 NBA Draft
The 2001 NBA Draft took place on June 27, 2001 in New York City, New York. Kwame Brown became the first high school player drafted with the first overall pick...

 by the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
The Seattle SuperSonics were an American professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington that played in the Pacific and Northwest Divisions of the National Basketball Association from 1967 until 2008. Following the 2007–08 season, the team relocated to Oklahoma City, and now plays as...

. Simmons's draft rights were traded to the Washington Wizards
Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., previously known as Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association .-Early years:...

 for Predrag Drobnjak
Predrag Drobnjak
Predrag "Peja" Drobnjak is a Montenegrin former professional basketball player. Drobnjak was born in Bijelo Polje, SR Montenegro, SFR Yugoslavia . During his career, he played professionally in the NBA.-Pro career:Drobnjak was a second-round draft choice of the Washington Bullets in the 1997 NBA...

 on June 27, 2001.

Simmons was traded by the Wizards on September 11, 2002, shortly before the start of the 2002–03 NBA season, to the Detroit Pistons
Detroit Pistons
The Detroit Pistons are a franchise of the National Basketball Association based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The team's home arena is The Palace of Auburn Hills. It was originally founded in Fort Wayne, Indiana as the Fort Wayne Pistons as a member of the National Basketball League in 1941, where...

 with Hubert Davis and Richard Hamilton
Richard Hamilton (basketball)
Richard "Rip" Hamilton is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons. Hamilton is 6'7" tall, weighs 193 lbs , and plays shooting guard. He currently is the Pistons' team captain....

 for Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Darnell Stackhouse is an American professional basketball player who plays both shooting guard and small forward. He most recently played for the Miami Heat. He is now an NBA TV analyst but remains as an eligible free agent....

, Brian Cardinal
Brian Cardinal
Brian Lee Cardinal , nicknamed "The Custodian" or "The Janitor", is an American professional basketball player. Prior to being drafted to the NBA, Cardinal played college basketball at Purdue University.-1991–1995:...

, and Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda
Ratko Varda is a professional basketball player. He is a 2.13 m center who plays for Union Olimpija.-Career:...

. He was released by the Pistons on September 24 and, less than two weeks later, signed with the Wizards again on October 10. Later, Simmons signed a free-agent contract with the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association...

 on September 26, 2003.

The 6'6", 228 lb small forward had a breakout year
Contract year phenomenon
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 during the 2004–05 NBA season with the Los Angeles Clippers in which he averaged a career-high 16.4 points per game. He was rewarded for his stellar play with the NBA Most Improved Player Award
NBA Most Improved Player Award
The National Basketball Association's Most Improved Player Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1985–86 NBA season, to the most improved player of the regular season. The winner is selected by a panel of sportswriters throughout the United States and Canada,...

.

He signed a free-agent contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
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 on August 8, 2005, shortly after the new collective bargaining agreement was finalized. Since his breakout year with the Clippers, Simmons has struggled to reach the same level of play. In his first year with the Bucks, his points, rebounds and shooting percentages all declined. Then in 2006, an ankle injury forced him to miss the entire 2006–07 season.

Bobby Simmons was traded along with Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian
Yi Jianlian is a Chinese professional basketball player for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. He has also played in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, and Washington Wizards. Yi played power forward for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2002 and...

 to The New Jersey Nets
New Jersey Nets
The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association...

 for Richard Jefferson
Richard Jefferson
Richard Allen Jefferson is a 6 ft 7 in American professional basketball player currently playing for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association...

 on June 26, 2008, just a few hours before that year's NBA Draft
2008 NBA Draft
The 2008 NBA Draft was held on June 26, 2008 at the Washington Mutual Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur college basketball players and other first-time eligible players, including...

. While his season was not as productive as he personally would have liked, he still managed to finish 5th in the league in 3 point shooting percentage.

In 2010, Simmons signed with the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ....

. He was waived by the Spurs in November 2010.

In March 2011, Simmons signed with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Personal life


Simmons co-owns a clothing boutique in Chicago called "Succezz"; it is the only boutique in the city that allows the consumer to build their own shoe. He is an official member of Nike
Nike, Inc.
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's Jordan brand
Air Jordan
Air Jordan, also known simply as Jordans, are a brand of shoes and athletic apparel produced by Nike originally designed for and endorsed by NBA Hall of Famer and Six Time NBA Champion Michael Jordan. The Air Jordan line is now sold by the Jordan Brand subsidiary of Nike...

.

Regular season



|-
| align="left" | 2001–02
| align="left" | Washington
Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., previously known as Washington Bullets. They play in the National Basketball Association .-Early years:...


| 30 || 3 || 11.4 || .453 || .286 || .733 || 1.7 || .6 || .4 || .2 || 3.7
|-
| align="left" | 2002–03
| align="left" | Washington
| 36 || 2 || 10.5 || .393 || .000 || .914 || 2.1 || .6 || .3 || .1 || 3.3
|-
| align="left" | 2003–04
| align="left" | L.A. Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, United States. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association...


| 56 || 8 || 24.6 || .394 || .167 || .834 || 4.7 || 1.7 || .9 || .3 || 7.8
|-
| align="left" | 2004–05
| align="left" | L.A. Clippers
| 75 || 74 || 37.3 || .466 || .435 || .846 || 5.9 || 2.7 || 1.4 || .2 || 16.4
|-
| align="left" | 2005–06
| align="left" | Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the Bradley Center....


| 75 || 74 || 33.8 || .453 || .420 || .825 || 4.4 || 2.3 || 1.1 || .3 || 13.4
|-
| align="left" | 2007–08
| align="left" | Milwaukee
| 70 || 21 || 21.7 || .421 || .351 || .757 || 3.2 || 1.1 || .7 || .1 || 7.6
|-
| align="left" | 2008–09
2008–09 NBA season
The 2008–09 NBA season was the 63rd season of the National Basketball Association . The 1,230-game regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, and ended on Wednesday, April 15, 2009...


| align="left" | New Jersey
New Jersey Nets
The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association...


| 71 || 44 || 24.4 || .449 || .447 || .741 || 3.9 || 1.3 || .7 || .1 || 7.8
|-
| align="left" | 2009–10
2009–10 NBA season
The 2009–10 NBA season was the 64th season of the National Basketball Association . The 1,230-game regular season began on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, and ended on Wednesday, April 14, 2010....


| align="left" | New Jersey
New Jersey Nets
The New Jersey Nets are a professional basketball team based in Newark, New Jersey. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association...


| 23 || 2 || 17.2 || .359 || .317 || .900 || 2.7 || .7 || .6 || .1 || 5.3
|-
| align="left" | 2010–11
2010–11 NBA season
The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the National Basketball Association . The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their first NBA title, and...


| align="left" | San Antonio
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ....


| 2 || 0 || 8.0 || .000 || .000 || .000 || 0.0 || 1.0 || .0 || .0 || 0.0
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 438 || 228 || 25.3 || .440 || .400 || .825 || 4.0 || 1.6 || .9 || .2 || 9.4

Playoffs



|-
| align="left" | 2005–06
2006 NBA Playoffs
The 2006 NBA Playoffs was the postseason of the National Basketball Association's 2005–06 season. The Miami Heat won the first championship in the history of the franchise by defeating the Dallas Mavericks 4-2 in the 2006 NBA Finals...


| align="left" | Milwaukee
Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the Bradley Center....


| 5 || 5 || 31.8 || .333 || .417 || .000 || 3.6 || 2.0 || 1.8 || .2 || 6.6
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 5 || 5 || 31.8 || .333 || .417 || .000 || 3.6 || 2.0 || 1.8 || .2 || 6.6

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