- "Sefolosha" redirects here. For his mother, the painter, see Christine Sefolosha.
Sefolosha with the Thunder
|No. 25 – Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
May 2, 1984 |
|Listed height||6 ft 7 in (201 cm)|
|Listed weight||222 lb (101 kg)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|Pro playing career||2001–present|
|2001–2002||Tege Riviera Basket (Switzerland)|
|2002–2005||Elan Chalon (France)|
|2005–2006||Angelico Biella (Italy)|
|2009–present||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2011||Fenerbahçe Ülker (Turkey)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Sefolosha was invited to join the junior Swiss national basketball team, and at 17 he began a professional career with Tege Riviera Basket, in Switzerland's top domestic league. On a team trip to France, Sefolosha was approached by a French talent scout to play with Elan Chalon in the premier pro league in France.
Sefolosha spent his first year in Chalon-sur-Saône playing with the junior under-21 squad, which traveled alongside the senior club. The following year (2002–03), he earned a rotation spot on the senior club, where he played 30 games and averaged 4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game.
The following season, Sefolosha earned a starting spot on the senior team, which he helped lead to a third place finish in the French league, where his team advanced to the semi-finals of the playoffs. During the season he averaged 9.4 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 steal in 30.7 minutes per game.
Before the start of his fourth season with Elan Chalon, a contract dispute between Sefolosha and the team arose. Sefolosha's agent and the team president could not reach an agreement on a new contract, so Sefolosha signed with Italian team Angelico Biella. "Last summer, I had the chance to re-negotiate my contract with the club. We were supposed to reach an agreement, but when my agent and the president started talking, they couldn't agree on a contract. They wanted to keep me, but at the same time I had this offer from Italy. That's when I decided that the best thing for my career was to play in Biella. Yes, there was a little bit of trouble, but in the end it was OK."
Chicago Bulls (2006–2009)
Sefolosha was taken with the 13th pick of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and promptly traded to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th pick (Rodney Carney), and cash considerations. In an article on Bulls.com, Sefolosha was quoted saying "I was certainly surprised (at the draft) when someone came up and said that I was the next to be picked. I thought maybe he had made a mistake or something. But a few minutes later he came back and told me that not only was I going to be picked, but that I was going to be traded to Chicago, which really got me excited."
Former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles cited Sefolosha's wingspan and past pro basketball experience as reasons why the Bulls were interested in him. "Thabo's got great physical gifts that, frankly, a lot of guys in the league just don't have. He's got tremendous length and has really quick hands, he grabs your attention whenever you watch him play. It's easy to see that he knows what he's doing out there. You can tell he likes to play defense, too. He's eager to get after it."
After the NBA summer leagues finished, ESPN asked several NBA talent scouts and executives to rank the summer league players and Sefolosha scored high. "He excelled at just about everything," reported one of the professionals. "Thabo Sefolosha showed that he's going to be able to step in right away and contribute to the Bulls."
Oklahoma City Thunder (2009–present)
On February 19, 2009, the trade deadline, Sefolosha was traded by the Bulls to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Denver's 2009 first-round draft pick, which Chicago used to draft Taj Gibson. Sefolosha was selected to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for the 2009–10 NBA season.
In October 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, Sefolosha signed with Fenerbahçe Ülker in Turkey, but only for Euroleague matches. His deal had an out-clause that allowed him to return to Oklahoma City at the end of the lockout. He played 7 matches with Fenerbahçe Ülker during the 2011–12 Euroleague season.
In 2012, Sefolosha and the Thunder reached the NBA Finals, but were defeated by the Miami Heat.
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|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
NBA regular season
- "Thabo Sefolosha: Coming to America." NBA: September 14, 2006.
- HoopsHype interview with Sefolosha URL last accessed September 27, 2006
- ESPN article on the 2006 NBA Draft URL last accessed September 27, 2006
- "Thunder Acquires Thabo Sefolosha". NBA.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
- Oklahoma City's Sefolosha signs with Turkish club
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Thabo Sefolosha.|
- ThaboSefolosha.com – Official site
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Thabo Sefolosha at Basketball-Reference.com
- Euroleague.net Profile
- ThaboSefolosha.ch – Fanpage
- 2006–07 NBA statistics