#4) Jonathon Simmons, 6'6, Guard, 26.8 years old, Spurs, Houston
22.0 PTS, 4.0 REB, 2.7 AST, 1.3 STL, 1.0 BLK, 2-10 3P, 16-20 FT%, 50% FG%
Simmons, the 26-year old versatile guard has taken a unique route to get to this point in his professional basketball career. Having started off his college career at Midland CC, he then transferred to University of Houston, and has since bounced around the ABL, and the D-League before finding a spot on the Spurs Roster. Simmons is a strong and athletic guard, and although he finished 2nd in Utah in scoring at 22 points per game behind teammate Kyle Anderson, he is at his best with the ball in his hands making plays for others. He has excellent vision and uses his ball handling abilities and size to clear space and make passes over the top of defenses. Simmons is a dynamic athlete in transition and a capable spot up shooter off the ball, knocking down a career best 40% on 50 attempts with the Spurs last season. He has also proven to be a factor on the defensive end, using his strength and quickness to guard multiple positions on the floor.
Not even invited to play summer league in his first three summers out of college, Jonathon Simmons' ascension from D-League tryout player to NBA rotation player with the Spurs is one of the most inspiring stories you'll find in basketball. Based on what he showed in seven summer league games in Utah and Las Vegas, he's nowhere near done writing his personal fairytale.