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Simmons Assigned to Austin

San Antonio Spurs rookie forward, Jonathon Simmons, has been assigned to the Austin Spurs, per a release sent out by the San Antonio Spurs. The NBA-DL assignment comes after Simmons missed the last three games against the Bulls, Thunder and Clippers due to an illness.

It’s the second NBA-DL assignment this season for Simmons. He scored 17 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists in the one game he played for Austin this season, against the Grand Rapids Drive back on November 17, 2015.

Even though Simmons has only appeared in one game in Austin this season, he is no stranger to the NBA-DL. He spent two seasons in Austin from 2013 to 2015, averaging 12.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one steal in 94 games.

It was during the 2015 Summer League where Simmons really started to shine. He helped the Spurs win the Summer League championship title, scoring 23 points in the Las Vegas Summer League Championship Game and being named Championship Game MVP. San Antonio signed him two days later.

Simmons didn’t appear in the first five games for San Antonio this season and was assigned to Austin for one game. He was recalled on November 14 and made his NBA debut that same night against the Philadelphia 76ers. He has appeared in 48 games this year for San Antonio, averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 14 minutes per game.

With the emergence of recent additions to San Antonio, Andre Miller and Kevin Martin, there isn’t much room for Simmons to get many minutes on their current roster. Moving Simmons to Austin, even if it is just for a short time, is a good way to keep him active instead of having him sit on the bench in San Antonio.

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