Mathias Lessort

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Mathias Lessort
Mathias Lessort 26 KK Crvena zvezda 20171219.jpg
Lessort with Crvena zvezda in 2017
No. 26 – Unicaja
Position Power forward / Center
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1995-09-29) September 29, 1995 (age 22)
Fort-de-France, Martinique
Nationality French
Listed height 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight 113 kg (249 lb)
Career information
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2016 Élan Chalon
2016–2017 Nanterre 92
2017–2018 Crvena zvezda
2018–present Unicaja
Career highlights and awards

Mathias Lessort (born September 29, 1995) is a French professional basketball player for Unicaja of the Liga ACB. He stands 206 cm (6’9’’) tall and plays power forward and center.

Early years[edit]

Born in the French overseas department of Martinique, Lessort joined the youth ranks of Élan Chalon in 2010 and won the French national championship with Chalon’s cadet team in 2012 and 2013 and with their development team ("Espoirs") in 2013. He also helped Chalon win the 2013 Trophée du Futur.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Lessort was handed his first professional contract by the club in June 2014[2] and made his debut in the French top-flight Pro A during the 2014-15 season. Before turning professional, he had considered enrolling at a university in the United States and had been in touch with Gonzaga and North Carolina State.[3]

He saw action in 23 games as a rookie, chipping in with 2.0 points a game, while pulling down 2.0 rebounds per contest.[4] In 2015-16, he logged his first minutes in a European club competition, the FIBA Europe Cup.[5]

In April 2016, he declared for the NBA draft,[6] but later withdrew.[7] On June 1, 2016, he joined JSF Nanterre of the French Pro A on a three-year deal.[8] In April 2017, Lessort won both the French Basketball Cup and the FIBA Europe Cup championships with Nanterre.[9]

Lessort was drafted in the second round as the 50th pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.

On August 11, 2017, Lessort signed a three-year deal with the Serbian club Crvena zvezda.[10][11]

National team career[edit]

Lessort played in the 2013 Nike Global Challenge, averaging 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks a game,[12] while receiving International All-Tournament Team honors.[13]

He represented France at the 2014[14] and 2015 U20 European Championships. In 2015, he averaged 4.1 points and 5.1 rebounds en route to a semifinal appearance.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 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
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2017–18 Crvena zvezda 30 29 21.1 .549 .000 .632 5.7 .8 .8 .7 8.5 10.7
Career 30 29 21.1 .549 .000 .632 5.7 .8 .8 .7 8.5 10.7

Personal life[edit]

His brother Grégory Lessort is also a professional basketball player.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Premier contrat pro pour Mathias Lessort et Axel Bouteille". Élan Chalon. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  2. ^ "Chalon : Premiers contrats pros pour Lessort et Bouteille". France info (in French). Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Mathias Lessort, basketteur du centre de formation de l'Élan Chalon : " Pour l'équipe de France U-20, ça commence à être d'un niveau au-dessus " - Toute l'actualité de la Martinique sur Internet - FranceAntilles.fr". France-Antilles Martinique. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Mathias Lessort - Chalon/Saône – Joueurs - Pro A – LNB.fr". www.lnb.fr. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Mathias Lessort | FIBA Europe Cup". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Mathias Lessort (Chalon) se présentera à la Draft NBA". L'Equipe.fr (in French). Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  7. ^ Release, Official. "Thirty-three international early-entry candidates withdraw from Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  8. ^ "JSF Nanterre - Mathias Lessort, nouvelle recrue de Nanterre 92 !". www.nanterre92.com. Retrieved 2016-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Nanterre continue magical week; hold off Elan Chalon in title-decider". FIBA Europe Cup. 2017-04-25. Retrieved 2017-04-26. 
  10. ^ "Mathias Lessort is the new Crvena zvezda mts reinforcement". aba-liga.com. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Zvezda adds young rebounding ace Lessort". www.euroleague.net. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  12. ^ "Tournament Individual Leaders" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  13. ^ "Info | Nike Global Challenge". www.nikeglobalchallenge.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Mathias Lessort | U20 European Championship Men (2014) | FIBA Europe". www.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Mathias Lessort | U20 Europe Championship Men - Division A". u20men.fibaeurope.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  16. ^ "Pas d'erreur, c'est Lessort !". www.lnb.fr. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 

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