David Simon (basketball)

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David Simon
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Simon during a 2016 PBA game
No. 50 – Kyoto Hannaryz
Personal information
Born (1982-08-09) August 9, 1982 (age 38)
Vernon Hills, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolAdlai E. Stevenson
(Lincolnshire, Illinois)
CollegeFort Wayne (2001–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2005–present
Career history
2005–2006Lukoil Academic
2007–2008JDA Dijon
2008–2010Strasbourg IG
2010–2011Anyang KGC
2011–2012Radnički Kragujevac
2014–2015Wonju Dongbu Promy
2015–2016Seoul SK Knights
2016Tropang TNT
2016–2018Anyang KGC
2018–presentKyoto Hannaryz
Career highlights and awards

David Simon (born August 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for Kyoto Hannaryz of the Japanese B.League. He also played his collegiate basketball for IPFW.

College career[edit]

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.[1][2]

College statistics[edit]

2002-03 IPFW 30 NA 23.1 .580 .000 .651 5.8 .7 .4 1.3 10.6
2003-04 IPFW 28 NA 31.4 .584 1.000 .648 9.8 1.6 .8 1.9 18.0
2004-05 IPFW 25 NA 32.1 .523 .077 .633 6.9 2.0 .8 1.9 16.6
Career 83 NA 28.6 .560 .200 .643 7.5 1.4 .7 1.7 14.9

Professional career[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] 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 August 2011, Simon signed a one-year deal with Radnički Kragujevac.[8] He was named Adriatic League MVP and was the league's top scorer, averaging 19.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

On 11 June 2012, Simon signed a one-year contract with the Astana, along with Andreas Glyniadakis.[9] In April 2013, he extended his contract for one more season.[10]

On February 19, 2016, Simon was signed by Tropang TNT as the team's new import, replacing the suspended Ivan Johnson.[11]

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 [1].

European 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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Adriatic league[edit]

2011–12 Radnički 26 26 29.2 .637 .300 .575 6.5 1.2 1.0 1.4 19.4 22.3
Career 26 26 29.2 .637 .300 .575 6.5 1.2 1.0 1.4 19.4 22.3


  1. ^ "Does Simon Have One More Surprise Left?". NetsDaily. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "David Simon". ESPN. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mladenova, Kremena. "David Simon in LukOil Academic". 24sec.net. Archived from the original on December 20, 2005. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "David Simon: "I needed game like this one,to show I can play well". BG basket. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "David Joseph Simon". Doubdiz Basket. Archived from the original on December 30, 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Summary - Russian Super League - Season 2006-07". Doudiz Basket. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "David Joseph Simon Player Profile (2009-2010)". Doudiz Basket. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Radnicki adds size with David Simon at sportando.net
  9. ^ Carchia, E. "BC Astana land David Simon and Andreas Glyniadakis". Sportando. Retrieved 18 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "BC Astana keeps Brion Rush and David Simon". sportando.net. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Sacamos, Karlo (February 19, 2016). "Tropang TNT finds new import in 33-year-old journeyman David Simon". Spin.ph. Retrieved February 20, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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