David Simon (basketball)
|No. 50 – Kyoto Hannaryz|
|Born||August 9, 1982|
Vernon Hills, Illinois
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|High school||Adlai E. Stevenson|
|College||Fort Wayne (2001–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|2014–2015||Wonju Dongbu Promy|
|2015–2016||Seoul SK Knights|
|Career highlights and awards|
In his first year as a college player, he averaged 10.6 points per game and 5.8 rebounds. At the end of the year he injured his left knee and went for surgery, but fully recovered for the next season. Before the second season at IPFW, he was ranked as the nation's second-best college center, behind Emeka Okafor of Connecticut. Also, he was named "Pre-Season Independent Player of the Year". Simon was also an All-American Candidate. He declared him eligible for the 2004 NBA draft without agent, but tore the ACL on his right knee during the Chicago Pre-Draft Camp and withdrew his name from the early entries into the draft and returned to school. He finished his last college season averaging 16.6 points and 6.9 rebounds.
Simon played for the Timberwolves at the NBA Summer League and at the New Jersey Nets mini camp. On 10 October 2005, Simon signed with Bulgarian club Lukoil Academic which participated in the ULEB Cup. In the mid of the season he said
I needed game like this one, to play well and show I can do well. After the end of ULEB Cup I would like to stay here and hopefully everything will be ok. For now I want to concentrate and play well in ULEB and Bulgarian championship as well.
In the Bulgarian league he averaged 11.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, while in the ULEB Cup he averaged 7.6 points and 7.8 rebounds for 25 minutes on the floor. He then, in 2006 signed for Russian club Standart Samarskiy Region and stayed for one season. Over 14 games in the Russian Super League, he averaged 11.1 points and 6.9 rebounds (7th in the league). However, he left the team midseason to go to France and Standart finished 13th and relegated into lower league.
He then played for French teams, both members of LNB Pro A League, Dijon and Strasbourg till 2010. For Dijon he played one game in Eurocup, where he scored 18 points, while for Strasbourg he played in EuroChallenge, the 3rd tier level transnational men's professional club basketball competition in Europe. Over 6 games he averaged 17.8 points and 8.3 rebounds. In 2010, he signed with the Anyang KGC of the Korean Basketball League where he would go on to make his first All-Star team.
In April 2018, Simon was released from Anyang shortly after the KBL implemented a rule on foreign players. The KBL allows each team to have two foreign-born players on their rosters with neither taller than 200 centimeters. Simon was two centimeters over the limit. The move was made to combat declining league attendance .
European career statistics
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
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