Willie Sims (basketball)
June 16, 1958 |
New York City, New York
|Nationality||American / Israeli|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Long Island City
(Long Island City, New York)
|NBA draft||1981 / Round: 5 / Pick: 101st overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|1983–1985||Hapoel Tel Aviv|
|1987–1992||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
Willie Sims, an African-American Jew, played basketball in Israel for Maccabi Haifa B.C. from 1981 to 1983. From 1983 to 1985 he played for Hapoel Tel Aviv B.C., where he won the Israeli Basketball State Cup. From 1985 until 1987 he played for Elitzur Netanya. From 1987 to 1992 he played for Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C., where he won the Israeli Basketball Super League five times, won three Israeli State Cups, and became one of the club's most famous players. He was with Hapoel Eilat B.C. from 1992 until 1996. Sims was drafted in 1981 by the NBA's Denver Nuggets in the fifth round of that year's NBA draft, but he never played in the NBA or in any other league in North America.
Sims took part in the 10th Maccabiah Games in 1977 as part of the United States national basketball team. He scored the winning shot against Israel in the finals and helped the United States to the title. He also played in the 11th Maccabiah Games, again representing the United States.