Courtney Sims Still Looking for a Chance
LAS VEGAS -- Courtney Sims may be the model NBA D-League citizen. His resume spans Europe, and he's done brief stints for a handful of NBA teams, including three different call-ups in 2008-09. Last year he was a pivotal part of the Iowa Energy's strong finish to advance to the D-League Eastern semifinals, bolstering the core down low of one of the best frontcourts in the D-League.
For teams looking to add a big man, Sims (photo above, in purple, fighting for a loose ball with San Antonio's Tyler Wilkinson) is almost always at the front for call-ups -- but even when he's been on an NBA roster, he's had few opportunities for significant minutes. This summer, he's looking for his next opportunity as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers' summer league team.
"I've been all over the place, but it's time for me to get back in the league," Sims said Thursday after the Lakers' 80-71 loss to the Spurs. "I've been in the league, but I haven't gotten my shot. I consider myself a rookie because I really haven't gotten a chance to play."
Against the Spurs, Sims battled with Darryl Watkins, who had an impressive showing with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Sims, though, showed his athleticism and versatility from the field, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He's likely to be back on the call-up rankings this season if he returns to the D-League. And from the way he talks about Energy coach Nick Nurse, if he returns he'd welcome a reunion with the current coach of the D-League Select Team. He spoke of how Nurse has helped his versatility, something that's pivotal for Sims trying to make an impact in the NBA.
"(Coach Nurse) really helped my game with everything. In this league, I've got to play a 4 and a 5. In college, I just played a 5. He helped me a ton with my finesse moves, shooting, spacing -- all the things that are going to help me fit more into that position that's a better fit for my size."
Sims spent most of last season overseas but looks focused on finally making a roster out of training camp this year. We'll see if he finally makes the leap after the work he's put in in the D-League.