Kobi Simmons, an Alpharetta native and graduate of St. Francis High School, played in 32 games with the Memphis Grizzlies as a rookie. He also played in 26 games with their G-League affiliate.
Photo: NBA, file
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Alpharetta’s Kobi Simmons waived by Memphis Grizzlies

Kobi Simmons is no longer a member of the Memphis Grizzlies.

The NBA team announced Tuesday that it had waived the Alpharetta native, making him a free agent.

After spending just one season of college basketball at the University of Arizona, Simmons signed with the Grizzlies as an undrafted free agent in the summer of 2017. He was on a two-way contract, splitting his time between the NBA and its minor league, the G-League.

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The 21-year-old, 6-foot-5 guard performed well in spurts as a rookie. He played in 32 games with the Grizzlies, averaging 6.1 points, 1.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per-game. Simmons showed flashes of elite scoring talent, tallying double-digits in points in seven games. His best game was an April 8 win against the Detroit Pistons, where he notched 20 points, seven assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes.

In the G-League, where he was given more playing time, Simmons posted per-game averages of 15.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per-game, while shooting 36 percent from three-point range and 46 percent from the floor.

Simmons is a 2016 graduate of St. Francis High School, where he had his No. 2 jersey retired on Aug. 20. Simmons accumulated 2,456 points, 520 assists and 225 steals at St. Francis, while leading them to four region and two state championships. Earlier this summer, he hosted a basketball camp at the school.

At St. Francis, Simmons played with Kaiser Gates, who spent the NBA Summer League with the Chicago Bulls, and Denver Nuggets guard Malik Beasley.

A former McDonald’s All-American, Simmons will look to catch on with another NBA team for his sophomore campaign.

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