Video: Magic’s Jonathon Simmons a member of Beyonce’s hive
Orlando Magic small forward Jonathon Simmons posted a video of himself enjoying Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On the Run II tour Wednesday night on his Instagram story. The Beyhive was in full effect in Orlando, as you can from the video below:
Simmons is clearly enjoying living in Florida. The 6-foot-6 swingman was acquired by the Magic from the San Antonio Spurs last season. He posted 13.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while averaging 29 minutes of playing time. All of these were career highs. He is expected to be a starter on the wing for the Magic as he enters his fourth NBA season.
Simmons has one of the best stories in the NBA. He was a 5-foot-7 guard at the age of 16 that considered dropping out of high school in Texas. By his junior year, he sprouted up to 6-foot-3 and began to interest some college coaches.
Unfortunately, Simmons didn’t have the grades to play at any major Division I schools. After a short stint in junior college, Simmons went on to play for Midland College and the University of Houston. He declared for the NBA Draft once he finished one season at Houston in 2012, but went undrafted.
His professional career began when he was drafted in the first round to the American Basketball League’s Sugar Land Legends. While it was a small step and only the league’s first season, Simmons turned heads by averaging 36.5 points. Later that year, Simmons tried out for the D-League (now the NBA G League). After struggling to produce at an average level in the D-League, Simmons considered hanging it all up to go get a normal job so he could support his family.
In his second season with the Austin Spurs, Simmons averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists. His performance during the season put him on the radar of NBA coaches. He went on earn MVP honors for the Spurs’ Summer League team and ultimately made their NBA roster at the age of 26.
After becoming a valuable contributor off the bench for the Spurs for two seasons, he signed a three-year $20 million deal with the Magic as a starter. Simmons is relaxing now, but he’ll be ready for the grit and grind of the NBA season when it calls his name again.