Courtney Sims’ mission is to prove that he has what it takes to play in the NBA and use the most of every opportunity he gets to prove that.
On Saturday night, he got that opportunity.
He used it well.
Sims, a 6’11” center for the Iowa Enegry, was named the MVP of the 2011 NBA Development League All-Star Game, as he helped guide the East to a 115-108 win over the West.
The graduate of Michigan gathered 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting and five rebounds in just under 20 minutes.
Sims was a key in helping the East pull away from the West as the game was coming close to an end.
But, he was not the only member of the Energy who had an impact on the outcome of the game. Othyus Jeffers and Curtis Stinson were also a part of the East All-Star team.
The leading scorer for the Energy, Jeffers, put up 14 points, and Stinson added four points, seven assists, and four rebounds.
Sims snatched co-MVP honors in the 2009 D-League All-Star Game when he went for 15 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks in a winning effort.
Sims’ dream is still to play full-time in the NBA, where he has had playing time in only five games since he graduated in 2007.