Miller approves on Jonathon Simmons, a fresh import from NLEX

Jan 3, 2023

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Quincy Miller, a Converge import who currently plays for the Road Warriors in the PBA Governors Cup, gave new NLEX import Jonathon Simmons his seal of approval.

Quincy Miller regarding Jonathan Simmons

The 33-year-old Simons was chosen by the Road Warriors as reinforcement for the team at the season-ending conference, according to Miller.

Naturally, Miller is familiar with Simmons because they both played in the NBA at the same time.

Around the same time as Miller spent time with the Sacramento Kings and later the Detroit Pistons, Simmons was playing for the San Antonio Spurs in 2015.

After the season, Miller started playing abroad after leading the fourth-seeded FiberXers to the Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.

Simmons, on the other hand, stayed in the NBA and played for two more seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic.

Texas native Simmons, who went undrafted in the NBA Draft in 2012, joined the Spurs three years later after helping them win the Las Vegas Summer League Championship and was voted Finals MVP.

During the NBA All-Star Weekend 2017, he participated for the US Team in the Rising Stars Challenge.

The next year, Simmons started his first postseason game as a replacement for Kahwi Leonard due to injury. He contributed 18 points to the Spurs’ 114-75 victory against the Rockets in Game 6 to help them move to the Western Conference finals, but they fell short to the eventual champion Golden State Warriors.

In an Orlando Magic game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2018, Simmons erupted for 22 points in the third quarter to help his team win 116-98. His final tally was a career-high 34 points, although the 22 points he scored in the third fell three shy of Tracy McGrady’s franchise record set in 2003.

A month later, in a 126-117 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Simmons erased his previous career high by scoring 35 points.

Excellent pick up. You people are going to love him, “Miller said on the East Asia Super League (EASL) Instagram account, which had just announced Simmons’ signing by NLEX and referred to him as “The New King of the Road.”

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