Dickey Simpkins

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Dickey Simpkins
No. 8, 0
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1972-04-06) April 6, 1972 (age 42)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school Friendly
(Fort Washington, Maryland)
College Providence (1990–1994)
NBA draft 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career 1994–2006
Career history
19941997 Chicago Bulls
1997–1998 Golden State Warriors
1998–2000 Chicago Bulls
2000–2001 Makedonikos (Greece)
2001 Atlanta Hawks
2001–2002 Rockford Lightning (CBA)
2002 Maroussi (Greece)
2002 Criollos de Caguas (Puerto Rico)
2002–2003 UNICS Kazan (Russia)
2003–2004 Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)
2004 Leones de Ponce (Puerto Rico)
2004–2005 Dakota Wizards (CBA)
2005 Plus Pujol Lleida (Spain)
2005 Alaska Aces (Philippines)
2005 Blue Stars Beirut (Lebanon)
2006 Brose Bamberg (Germany)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 1,388 (4.2 ppg)
Rebounds 1,187 (3.6 rpg)
Assists 305 (0.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

LuBara Dixon "Dickey" Simpkins (born April 6, 1972[1]) is an American former professional basketball player best known for his tenure with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. He is currently a scout for the Charlotte Bobcats.[2]

A 6' 9" forward/center, Simpkins starred at Friendly High School (Maryland) and Providence College before being selected by the Bulls with the 21st pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. Caught behind Luc Longley, Bill Wennington, and later Dennis Rodman in the Bulls' playing rotation, he saw limited action in his first few seasons as a Bull, scoring just 513 points in 167 games. He did earn two NBA Championship rings in 1996 and 1997, but he was not on the team's active roster for either playoff run, and in fall 1997 the Bulls traded him to the Golden State Warriors for guard/forward Scott Burrell.

When the Warriors subsequently waived Simpkins, however, the Bulls decided to give him another chance. Simpkins began to show some improvement, posting a very good .634 field goal percentage in 21 games, and in the spring of 1998 he participated in the playoffs for the first time of his career, earning his third championship ring. After the 1998–99 NBA lockout, the Bulls parted ways with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Luc Longley, which provided Simpkins with significantly more playing time. During the 1999 season he emerged as a part-time starter, averaging career highs of 9.1 points and 6.8 rebounds, and in the following season, he played in a career-high 1,651 minutes.

After the Bulls signed Brad Miller in September 2000, the Bulls renounced their rights to Simpkins, who would spend a season in Greece before joining the Atlanta Hawks during the 2001–02 NBA season. He only played one game for the Hawks, though, and spent the rest of the season in Greece and the CBA. He later played in Russia, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Spain, Philippines, Lebanon, and Germany.[3]

Simpkins has worked as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He is the founder of the basketball development company Next Level Performance Inc. (NLP), and is a national motivational speaker.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dickey Simpkins. Yahoo! Sports.
  2. ^ Charlotte Bobcats Staff Directory
  3. ^ http://www.euroleague.net/noticia.jsp?temporada=E05&jornada=15&id=788

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