Spurs’ Simmons once paid to play in D-League

San Antonio forward Jonathan Simmons stood out in the Game 6 win over Houston, having come a long way since once paying $150 for a D-League tryout.

Per For the Win:

Simmons is a player who had a unique and inspiring journey to the pros (that we’ve mentioned before, but here it is again since it’s so awesome).

First, he played for three different colleges. Then, he spent a year in the semi-pro American Basketball League after no teams selected him in the 2012 draft. Following his stint in the ABL, he paid $150 for a D-League tryout in 2013 that eventually led to him playing in his first NBA game for the Spurs as a 26-year-old on Nov. 14, 2015. The man knows how to persevere.

Simmons filled in for the injured Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs didn’t skip a beat. They meet the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals next.