Lionel Simmons

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Lionel Simmons
Personal information
Born (1968-11-14) November 14, 1968 (age 46)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school South Philadelphia
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
College La Salle (1986–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 1990–1997
Position Small forward
Number 22
Career history
19901997 Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,833 (12.8 ppg)
Rebounds 2,833 (4.5 rpg)
Assists 1,498 (3.3 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Lionel James "L-Train" Simmons (born November 14, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player.

High school career[edit]

Simmons led South Philadelphia High School to a Philadelphia Public League boys' championship in 1986, getting an MVP award in the process.[1] He was inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

College career[edit]

A 6'7" small forward from La Salle University, where he won the Naismith College Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award as a senior. Simmons is third in all-time NCAA career points with 3,217 and trails only Pete Maravich and Freeman Williams. Simmons became the only player in NCAA history to score more than 3,000 points and pull down more than 1,100 rebounds.[3] He holds the NCAA Basketball record for most consecutive games scoring in double figures with 115.[4] He led the Explorers to three straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1988–90).[5] Simmons was Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference for three years. He was a four-time First Team All Big 5 selection and won the Robert V. Geasey Trophy as Big 5 MVP three times. During his career, the Explorers had a 100-31 record.[6] Simmons was inducted into the La Salle University Hall of Athletes in 1995. Simmons was inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1996.[7]

GAME LOGS FOR SIMMONS' 1986-87 FRESHMAN SEASON

Date Opponent Result Points Rebounds Other Notes
Nov. 28, 1986 Penn St. L, 59-58 18 6 40 MP
Nov. 29, 1986 Central Florida W, 68-43 10 6 34 MP
Dec. 2, 1986 vs Temple L, 70-66 6  ? Lowest Pt total of career
Dec. 5, 1986 vs Army W, 83-63 24 11 10-15 FG
Dec. 10, 1986 at Villanova W, 93-86 22  ?
Dec. 13, 1986 at Maine W, 79-66 21 18
Dec. 19, 1986 Georgia L, 82-65 21  ?
Dec. 20, 1986 Eastern Kentucky W, 98-83 21 17
Dec. 26, 1986 St. Joseph's L, 77-70 7 9 1-11 FG
Dec. 27, 1986 vs Northeastern W, 102-85 31 14 4 Ast
Jan. 3, 1987 vs North Carolina L, 79-72 22  ?
Jan. 6, 1987 vs Iona L, 75-68 16  ?
Jan. 8, 1987 at Fordham L, 87-79 24  ?
Jan. 10, 1987 at Manhattan W, 102-69 24 15
Jan. 13, 1987 at Holy Cross W, 79-59 25 13
Jan. 17, 1987 at Fairfield L, 63-60 9  ? 4-12 FG, never scored in single digits again
Jan. 20, 1987 vs St. Peter's W, 65-56 11  ? No FGM in 2nd half
Jan. 23, 1987 vs Fordham W, 69-66 20 12 2 Blk
Jan. 28, 1987 at Iona W, 100-85 22 9 4 Stl, 3 Ast, 2 Blk
Jan. 31, 1987 vs DePaul L, 58-54 19  ? 9-20 FG, 1-1 FT, 0-1 3-Pt FG
Feb. 4, 1987 at Notre Dame L, 76-64 22  ?
Feb. 7, 1987 at Manhattan W, 76-62 21 16
Feb. 10, 1987 vs Holy Cross W, 93-60 31 11 16 Pts, 7 Reb in 1st half
Feb. 13, 1987 vs Fairfield W, 58-54 10  ?
Feb. 16, 1987 at Penn W, 80-72 22 12 3 Blk
Feb. 21, 1987 at St. Peter's W, 68-61 14  ? 12 Pts in 2nd half
Feb. 24, 1987 at Army L, 68-59 24  ? 16 Pts, 7-9 FG in 1st half
Feb. 28, 1987 Fairfield L, 75-62 36 6 4 Blk, 2 Stl, 1 Ast, 14-23 FG
Mar. 12, 1987 at Villanova W, 86-84 21
Mar. 17, 1987 at Niagara W, 89-81 23 9 14 Pts in 2nd half
Mar. 21, 1987 vs Illinois St. W, 70-50 18 15
Mar. 24, 1987 Arkansas-Little Rock W, 92-73 21  ?
Mar. 26, 1987 Southern Miss L, 84-80 34 12 12-19 FG; 21 Pts in 2nd half

GAME LOGS FOR SIMMONS' 1987-88 SOPHOMORE SEASON

Date Opponent Result Points Rebounds Other Notes
Nov. 27, 1987 Texas-San Antonio W, 74-51 23  ?
Nov. 28, 1987 Delaware W, 86-72 34 14 5 Blk
Dec. 2, 1987 at Princeton W, 63-62 30  ? 19 Pts in 2nd half
Dec. 5, 1987 at Penn L, 66-61 27 12 5 Blk, 3 Stl
Dec. 10, 1987 vs Army W, 74-61 22 16
Dec. 12, 1987 at Fordham W, 85-80 27 10 4 Blk; 18 Pts in 2nd half
Dec. 18, 1987 vs Villanova L, 83-80 16  ?
Dec. 19, 1987 vs Canisius W, 85-73 13 12 11 Pts in 1st half
Dec. 23, 1987 Georgia L, 79-71 12 7
Dec. 24, 1987 Chaminade W, 90-60 33 18
Dec. 25, 1987 Dayton W, 69-66 26 14 10 Pts, 10 Reb in 1st half
Dec. 29, 1987 at BYU L, 95-82 25 8
Jan. 2, 1988 vs Notre Dame L, 68-59 26  ? 10-23 FG
Jan. 9, 1988 at North Carolina L, 96-82 37 10 15-27 FG, 2-3 3-Pt FG, 5-7 FT
Jan. 11, 1988 at Richmond L, 82-81 13  ? 5-19 FG; 1 Pt, 0-6 FG in 1st half
Jan. 14, 1988 at Temple L, 59-56 14 14 6-15 FG
Jan. 16, 1988 vs Fairfield W, 78-50 23 8 5 Ast, 3 Stl
Jan. 19, 1988 at St. Joseph's L, 73-63 18 15
Jan. 20, 1988 vs Holy Cross W, 119-108 33 17 7 Stl, 11-21 FG
Jan. 23, 1988 vs Manhattan W, 95-70 24 13 6 Blk
Jan. 28, 1988 vs Iona W, 101-83 27 18
Jan. 30, 1988 at Army W, 64-51 22 13 5 Ast, 4 Blk
Feb. 2, 1988 vs American W, 73-65 34 10 18-18 FT, 7 Blk
Feb. 6, 1988 vs Fordham W, 76-51 14 10
Feb. 9, 1988 vs St. Peter's W, 56-47 15  ?
Feb. 13, 1988 at Fairfield W, 75-57 20 11 5 Ast, 4 Blk
Feb. 17, 1988 at Holy Cross W, 102-83 32 15 9 Ast
Feb. 20, 1988 Manhattan W, 92-74 32 10 10-11 FT
Feb. 24, 1988 at Iona W, 91-86 14 9 5 Ast, 5-13 FG
Feb. 29, 1988 at St. Peter's W, 67-64 27  ? 15 Pts in 2nd half
Mar. 3, 1988 Manhattan W, 62-51 17  ?
Mar. 4, 1988 Holy Cross W, 88-64 19 11 5 Blk, 6-18 FG
Mar. 5, 1988 Fordham W, 79-70 23 6 8-14 FG, 7-8 FT; 16 Pts in 2nd half
Mar. 17, 1988 Kansas St. L, 66-53 20 10 2 Ast, 1 Blk, 1 Stl, 4 TO, 7-14 FG, 6-12 FT

GAME LOGS FOR SIMMONS' 1988-89 JUNIOR SEASON

Date Opponent Result Points Rebounds Other Notes
Nov. 18, 1988 at Syracuse L, 92-76 19 8 7-17 FG, 5-9 FT
Dec. 2, 1988 Georgia Southern W, 64-62 24 8 9-20 FG, hit GW with 2 sec. left
Dec. 3, 1988 at Austin Peay W, 79-74 29  ? 17 Pts in 1st half
Dec. 5, 1988 vs St. Joseph's W, 81-57 31 12
Dec. 9, 1988 Penn W, 77-61 32 9 13-24 FG, 6-8 FT; 18 Pts in 1st half
Dec. 10, 1988 Long Beach St. W, 96-63 26 14
Dec. 14, 1988 at St. Peter's W, 78-74 36 12
Dec. 22, 1988 at Villanova W, 79-74 18 21
Dec. 29, 1988 South Carolina W, 85-67 38 13 15-22 FG, 1-2 3-Pt FG, 7-7 FT
Dec. 30, 1988 Georgia L, 95-85 19 8 7-20 FG, 0-2 3-Pt FG, 5-7 FT; 18 Pts in 2nd half
Jan. 4, 1989 vs Temple L, 67-57 18 14 4 Ast, 7 TO
Jan. 7, 1989 vs Richmond W, 97-76 36 13 21 Pts, 5 Reb in 1st half
Jan. 12, 1989 at Fordham W, 86-73 27  ? 19 Pts in 2nd half
Jan. 14, 1989 vs Manhattan W, 81-57 28 16 18 Pts in 2nd half
Jan. 19, 1989 at Holy Cross W, 84-72 34 11
Jan. 21, 1989 at Fairfield W, 65-61 32  ? 11-26 FG, 5-7 3-Pt FG
Jan. 23, 1989 at Iona W, 89-64 25 18
Jan. 25, 1989 vs St. Peter's L, 65-63 29  ? 10-19 FG
Jan. 28, 1989 vs Fordham W, 77-66 27  ?
Feb. 1, 1989 vs Iona W, 91-62 29 9
Feb. 3, 1989 at Army W, 94-70 28 13 16 Pts in 1st half
Feb. 5, 1989 at American W, 111-91 33 10 21 Pts, 6 Reb in 1st half
Feb. 9, 1989 vs Army W, 88-67 29 5 9-16 FG, 0-1 3-Pt FG, 11-15 FT; 20 Pts in 1st half
Feb. 11, 1989 at Manhattan W, 77-60 34 14 22 Pts, 11-18 FG in 1st half; 12 Pts, 3-11 FG in 2nd half
Feb. 13, 1989 vs Holy Cross W, 101-82 27 16 9-34 FG
Feb. 16, 1989 at Notre Dame L, 80-78 22 10
Feb. 19, 1989 vs Fairfield W, 85-67 30 10 5 Ast, 3 Stl, 12-28 FG
Feb. 23, 1989 vs Florida St. W, 101-100 36 10 18 Pts in each half
Mar. 2, 1989 Fairfield W, 91-62 31 12 29 FGA; 17 Pts in 1st half
Mar. 3, 1989 Fordham W, 85-69 26 12 7 Ast, 5 Blk, 4 Stl; 19 Pts in 1st half
Mar. 4, 1989 St. Peter's W, 71-58 29 9 4 Blk
Mar. 16, 1989 Louisiana Tech L, 83-74 26 16 3 Ast, 12-28 FG, 2-5 FT

GAME LOGS FOR SIMMONS' 1989-90 SENIOR SEASON

Date Opponent Result Points Rebounds
Nov. 24, 1989 SEMO W, 62-58 20 6
Nov. 25, 1989 at Fresno St. W. 75-63 24 6
Dec. 2, 1989 at DePaul W, 83-62 26 14
Dec. 11, 1989 vs Penn W, 86-83 20 12
Dec. 22, 1989 vs Villanova W, 71-70 15 9
Dec. 27, 1989 Ohio St. W, 74-62 26 13
Dec. 28, 1989 Florida W, 76-69 33 10
Jan. 4 1990 at Temple W, 63-62 23 14
Jan. 6, 1990 vs Loyola-Marymount L, 121-116 34 19
Jan. 9, 1990 vs Siena W, 106-90 29 11
Jan. 12, 1990 vs Notre Dame W, 86-78 27 5
Jan. 18, 1990 vs Canisius W, 89-77 27 11
Jan. 20, 1990 at Holy Cross W, 84-81 28 11
Jan. 22, 1990 vs Loyola (MD) W, 89-69 36 14
Jan. 25, 1990 at Niagara W, 87-69 25 7
Jan. 27, 1990 at Fordham W, 98-72 30 14
Feb. 3, 1990 at Iona W, 89-73 26 7
Feb. 5, 1990 vs St. Peter's W, 72-59 26 10
Feb. 8, 1990 at Fairfield W, 78-51 22 13
Feb. 10, 1990 at Manhattan W, 99-78 40  ?
Feb. 12, 1990 at St. Joseph's W, 93-76 12  ?
Feb. 16, 1990 vs Iona W, 95-78 20 11
Feb. 18, 1990 vs Fairfield W, 72-49 24 10
Feb. 20, 1990 at Loyola (MD) W, 110-81 34 7
Feb. 22, 1990 vs Manhattan W, 100-60 27 6
Feb. 25, 1990 at St. Peter's W, 74-66 18 14
Feb. 27, 1990 vs Army W, 106-73 29 20
Mar. 3, 1990 Fairfield W, 90-60 34 11
Mar. 4, 1990 at Siena W, 106-90 26 11
Mar. 5, 1990 Fordham W, 71-61 26 16
Mar. 15, 1990 Southern Miss W, 79-63 32 16
Mar. 17, 1990 Clemson L, 79-75 28 6

Professional career[edit]

Simmons was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick of the 1990 NBA Draft. He was the runner-up to Derrick Coleman for the 1991 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Simmons was NBA Player of the Week the week after the All-Star break during his rookie season.

He played seven seasons for the Kings, scoring 5,833 career points until prematurely retiring in 1997 due to chronic injuries. He managed to earn more than $21 million in an NBA career that lasted seven seasons.

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