Wayne Anthony Simien Jr. (born March 9, 1983) is an American former professional basketball player, who last played with Spain's Cáceres Ciudad de Baloncesto.[1] He was a member of the Miami Heat team that won the 2005–06 NBA championship. Simien played in college at the University of Kansas where he was a consensus first team All-American his senior year in 2005.

Wayne Simien
Simien in 2009.
Personal information
Born (1983-03-09) March 9, 1983 (age 36)
Leavenworth, Kansas
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight260 lb (118 kg)
Career information
High schoolLeavenworth High School
CollegeKansas (2001–2005)
NBA draft2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career2005–2009
PositionPower forward
Career history
20052007Miami Heat
2008–2009Cáceres Ciudad del Baloncesto
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

High school careerEdit

Growing up, Simien was a University of Kansas fan due to his proximity to Lawrence. He committed to play for Roy Williams and the University of Kansas as early as the 8th or 9th grade, and was later named to the 2001 McDonald's All-American Team. He played for the Leavenworth Pioneers in high school with Coach Larry Hogan and led the Pioneers to a 6A-State Championship his junior year in high school. During his high school career, he began working with world-renowned conditioning coach Istvan Javorek.

College careerEdit

At Kansas, Simien received All-American honors his junior and senior years. He was a Wooden Award finalist both years, and was the Big 12 Player of the Year his senior year. His college career ended when Kansas was defeated by 14th-seeded Bucknell in the first round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. While at Kansas he won three Big 12 Championships and earned four NCAA Tournament berths including two Final Four appearances (one national runner-up finish) and one Elite 8 finish. Simien finished his college career with 110 wins and a 12–4 NCAA Tournament record. Simien was the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner his final year, recognizing him as the nation's top senior men's basketball player. He finished his career as the 12th leading all-time scorer at Kansas with 1,593 points. Kansas retired his number 23 jersey on January 29, 2011.[2]

College statisticsEdit

2001–02 Kansas 32 - 15.3 .553 - .738 5.3 .3 .6 .8 8.1
2002–03 Kansas 16 - 24.4 .646 - .676 8.2 .6 .9 .3 14.8
2003–04 Kansas 32 - 32.7 .532 .182 .811 9.3 1.2 .9 .9 17.8
2004–05 Kansas 26 - 34.3 .552 .286 .816 11.0 1.4 .6 .6 20.3
Career 106 - 26.6 .566 .24 .784 8.3 0.9 .7 .7 15.0

Professional careerEdit

Simien was selected with the 29th overall selection of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship in 2006. During the regular season, he appeared in 43 games (about 10 minutes per game), averaging 3 points and 2 rebounds, but only managed two postseason appearances.

Simien could not participate in the Heat's 2006 Summer League program because of a salmonella infection.[3] His contribution during the season consisted of eight games.

Simien was traded from the Heat along with Antoine Walker and Michael Doleac to the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 24, 2007, for Ricky Davis and Mark Blount.[4] However, on October 29, Simien was waived by the Wolves in order for them to keep their roster at the 15-player limit.[5]

He was given a Summer League invitation by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but did not play due to a hamstring injury. He later received a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Hawks which was subsequently withdrawn. Simien joined, in October 2008, Spain's Cáceres 2016 Basket, in the country's second level.[6]

Simien decided to retire from professional basketball on May 5, 2009, to pursue work in Christian ministry.[7]


Simien married his wife, Katie, on July 8, 2006.[8]


  1. ^ Bedore, Gary (October 11, 2008). "Simien Reviving Career in Spain". Lawrence Journal-World.
  2. ^ Bedore, Gary. "Wayne Simien: Jersey honor a 'tremendous experience'". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  3. ^ Gutierrez, Israel (October 6, 2006). "Simien back in form after infection". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved March 19, 2007.
  4. ^ Heat get Davis, Blount from Wolves for package including Walker. Updated October 24, 2007
  5. ^ Wolves get younger with buyout of Howard's contract. Updated October 29, 2007
  6. ^ Cáceres waives Harper Williams and signs NBA champion Wayne Simien (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Simien retires from pro hoops".
  8. ^ "NBA.com profile". Archived from the original on April 15, 2007. Retrieved March 19, 2007.

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