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. 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.
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. 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. However, on October 29, Simien was waived by the Wolves in order for them to keep their roster at the 15-player limit.
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 He later received a training camp invitation from the Atlanta Hawks which was subsequently withdrawn.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.
Simien decided to retire from professional basketball on May 5, 2009, to pursue work in Christian ministry.
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2006)
Consensus first-team All-American (2005)
Third-team All-American – AP (2004)
Big 12 Player of the Year (2005)
McDonald’s All American (2001)
Career NBA statistics