The 6’5″ guard emerged as an undrafted steal in his rookie year of 2017-18. He appeared in 32 games (12 starts) en route to producing 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game on 42.3% field goal shooting. For an undrafted rookie, these were huge feats, not to mention he received 20.1 minutes per contest from the Grizzlies while playing on a two-way contract.
While Kobi Simmons was hoping for a leap up the depth chart and a leap off the two-way contract, experienced veterans continue to take precedence. Kobi fits the label as a “combo-guard” type, much like Harrison, Carter, and Temple, but that is not the plan that Memphis had in mind. With the way Simmons can slice and dice through the lane and dish off a crafty pass, the team needed him to be a facilitating point guard. At times, he wants to do too much and hoist shot attempts.
Yes, Kobi Simmons was still encompassing a two-way contract, but he has too much talent to be stashed in the G-League for the entire season. If anything, this move is a way for the Memphis Grizzlies to allow Kobi to find a new team offering a better role. It is no longer a question of if he belongs in the NBA. It is a matter of “where?”