|No. 15 – Ironi Nes Ziona|
8 September 1987 |
Los Angeles County, California
|Listed height||201 cm (6 ft 7 in)|
|Listed weight||104 kg (230 lb)|
|High school||Hayward (Hayward, California)|
|College||Saint Mary's (2005–2009)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2009–present|
|2009–2010||Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)|
|2010||Alaska Aces (Philippines)|
|2010–2011||Türk Telekom (Turkey)|
|2012–2013||Maccabi Ashdod (Israel)|
|2013–present||Ironi Nes Ziona (Israel)|
Diamon Simpson (born September 8, 1987) is an American professional basketball player.
Simpson attended the Saint Mary's College of California and played for the Saint Mary's Gaels in the NCAA's West Coast Conference (WCC) between 2005 and when he graduated in 2009. He was a team mate of Australian and Portland Trail Blazers backup point guard Patrick Mills when playing for the Gaels from 2007–2009.
Over his 4 seasons with the Gaels the 6'7" (201 cm) Simpson played 128 games averaging 12.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. His career field goal percentage of 50.6% is currently 8th on the all time list for the WCC while his 1130 rebounds a Gaels record and all time 2nd in the WCC and 20th in the NCAA.
Diamon Simpson is the Saint Mary's Gaels all time leading rebounder (1130), shot blocker (239), he leads in steals (174) and free throws made and attempted (470/777 at 60.5%).
After graduating from Saint Mary's Diamon Simpson started 2009 by attending the Golden State Warriors training camp but was unable to secure a spot on the Warriors roster. From there he signed to play for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League in 2009–10 where he averaged 15.5 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in his 30 games.
Simpson was bought out of his D-Fenders contract by the Alaska Aces of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) for the 2010 Fiesta Conference (despite a league rule that import players must be no taller than 198 cm). In his opening game for the Aces, he scored an impressive 36 points and grabbed 25 rebounds. By season's end, he was averaging around 25 points and 16 rebounds a game in a dominant display which made him a favorite of the Aces supporters. Despite not winning the Best Import award, he was able to lead the Aces in winning the championship over 18-time champions San Miguel Beermen which had returning import Gabe Freeman as well as Dondon Hontiveros and Arwind Santos for the locals.
After leaving the Aces Simpson signed with Turkish Basketball League team Türk Telekom for part of the 2010–11 Turkish season where he averaged just 7.3 points and 5.8 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game in four games primarily playing at small forward.
Simpson signed for the Adelaide 36ers after original import John Williamson was ruled out with a knee injury. Simpson joined the 36ers for Round 3 of the 2011-12 NBL season. Throughout the season, he averaged 14.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 27 games. He also posted 12 double-doubles and had five 20-point performances with Adelaide and is widely considered to be easily the best performed of the imports for the 36ers during an era where the club claimed 3 wooden spoons in 4 seasons.
National Basketball Association
On April 13, 2012, Simpson signed with the Houston Rockets of the NBA for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. He was waived by the Rockets on September 7, 2012, without making an appearance for them.
- California birth index. Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-10.
- Diamon Simpson St Mary's stats @ Sports Reference Basketball. Sports-reference.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-10.
- Diamon Simpson Türk Telekom stats. Fibaeurope.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-10.
- Williamson departs 36ers. Nbl.com.au (2011-09-30). Retrieved on 2012-07-10.
- Diamon Simpson joins the Adelaide 36ers. Nbl.com.au (2011-10-10). Retrieved on 2012-07-10.
- Diamon Simpson Signs With Rockets. Basketball.realgm.com (2012-04-12). Retrieved on 2012-07-10.