Lionel Simmons was voted the 1989-1990 NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year and was chosen Consensus First Team NCAA Basketball All American while starring with LaSalle University. He led LaSalle University to its first Top 20 ranking since 1969. Lionel Simmons finished his college career with a NCAA record 115 straight games scoring at least 10 points in every game.
Lionel Simmons was the 7th player picked in the 1990 NBA draft (by the Sacramento Kings).
An instant success as a rookie, he posted career-highs with 1,421 points for a 18.0 points per game average, and with 697 total rebounds, a 8.8 rpg average, and Lionel Simmons created 229 turnovers. For his outstanding season he was chosen for the 1990-1991 NBA All Rookie First Team.
Lionel Simmons was a star as a Sacramento Kings starter during his first four seasons, then somewhat plagued by injuries his playing time fell off. Well-regarded for his give-and-take atitude, as well as a willingness later in his career to play hard off the bench he was a fans favorite throughout his very fine career. He played in 4 playoff games with the Kings in 1995-1996 and averaged 9.5 points per game.
Lionel Simmons stats: 5833 points in 454 games, 12.8 ppg, 6.2 rebounds per game, 2242 FGM, 5179 FGA, .433 percentage.
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