He was never rated highly as Ben Simmons but he was once asked to go away by the Austin Toros, the D-league associate of the San Antonio Spurs. Jonathon Simmons had to feature in the minor league and he stood out to become an indispensable part of the second best team of the NBA – the San Antonio Spurs.
How did Simmons earn his minutes in the NBA? Well, Simmons looks around the locker room and tries to reconcile with such reality.
“I do it everyday, I definitely do” appreciate being in the league more than most players, he said. “It took some perseverance to get here. With that being said it’s like you have no choice but to be humble about it and to appreciate every part of it and not take one minute for granted.”
Simmons has averaged 14.3 minutes in 51 games in a team loaded with veteran stars. Simmons is close to entering the list of top ten rookies of the league. He’s only held back by not having a prominent role in the league. He is second in the roster in terms of defensive rating, seventh in field-goal percentage and first in long-shots who paid out, according to the league’s official site.
Simmons, once undrafted and overlooked, had to feature in the minor league, is now well-paid by the NBA’s one of the best teams. Simmons made the Toros team in 2013, and posted a stellar show during the 2013-15 phase. In the second season with the Toros, Simmons posted averages of 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.0 steals per game to draw the interest of the NBA teams. He played more, defending and shooting from long ranges. Once ignored, The rookie shooting guard is now a star in the making.