Stéphane Lasme

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Stéphane Lasme
Stephane Lasme.jpg
Lasme with Partizan in February 2009.
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
Position Center
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1982-12-17) December 17, 1982 (age 32)
Port-Gentil, Gabon
Nationality Gabonese
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school Léon M'ba (Libreville, Gabon)
College Emmanuel College (2003)
UMass (2003–2007)
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career 2002–present
Career history
2002 Capo Libreville
2007 Golden State Warriors
2007–2008 Los Angeles D-Fenders
2008 Miami Heat
2008–2009 Partizan
2009–2010 Maccabi Tel Aviv
2010 Spartak Saint Petersburg
2010–2011 Maine Red Claws
2011–2012 Obradoiro
2012–2014 Panathinaikos
2014–2015 Anadolu Efes
2015–present Galatasaray
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Yann Ulrich Stéphane Lasme[1] (born December 17, 1982) is a Gabonese professional basketball player who plays for Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League (TBL). He played NCAA college basketball at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), with the UMass Minutemen,[2] and he was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft.[3]

Early career[edit]

On December 17, 1982, Lasme was born in Port-Gentil, Gabon, to Retouano Romain and Onanga Liliane. He was brought up in Libreville, Gabon, his father being an oil company engineer. His mother, Liliane, was an economist. Lasme knew how to speak French and his native language of Myene in his childhood, but learned some English through high school classes.[4]

Lasme grew up loving soccer, but began playing basketball at 14,[5] when he was introduced to his school's coach. When asked on why he started playing the game, Lasme said, "I was growing faster than the other kids my age." One media report stated that he nailed a basketball hoop to a tree at age 15 and estimated the official NBA requirement of 10 feet, but instead put it 12 feet above the ground. He said, "I had a rim put in at my house. It was higher than 10 feet, though." His favorite players as a child were Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, whom he used to watch on television by sneaking out of bed at night. He also grew up as a fan of Marcus Camby.

Lasme competed for Aveley Club Port-Gentil, a youth club that was designed to be an after-school program. He attended high school at Léon M'ba in his native Gabon[2] and was called up by Arimbi Nkolo, head coach of his country's national team. While at Léon M'ba, whose basketball team competed in the African High School Federation, he played under Ebolo Firmin. Lasme also played for Capo Libreville in the 2002 FIBA Africa Basketball Club Championship.[5]

College career[edit]

In February 2003 Lasme moved to the United States. Lasme's cousin, Serge Lapeby gave him a home in Boston. He helped him adjust to the new environment, saying, "He had to learn the culture, the language, the colder weather—that was a bit of a challenge—and the lifestyle." He was forced to compete in a gymnasium, as he arrived in the United States in the winter, and played in Emmanuel College. Lapeby tried to recruit Lasme to play for the school's team, and succeeded, but it did not offer athletic scholarships as a NCAA Division III college.[4]

Lasme subsequently enrolled in Emmanuel College, primarily for its ESL program. He began playing basketball for the college and attracted the attention of many NCAA Division I programs. Lasme's performance in the Eastern Invitational All-Star Game, which took place in New Jersey, was most noted.[5] The game was attended by Massachusetts Minutemen basketball coach Steve Lappas, who was searching for potential recruits.[4]

Lappas was impressed by Lasme's raw skills and offered him a scholarship to play for the Minutemen. He signed an institutional financial aid agreement to compete with Massachusetts for the 2003–04 season and was eligible to participate in the winter.[6] When the move was made official, the coach said, "We are excited to have Stephane join our program. We believe that he is a quality student and athlete. It is very exciting to find someone of his caliber at this point in time, and we feel he will be a very good addition to our program"[6]


On November 9, 2003, Lasme made his first appearance in a Massachusetts uniform in an exhibition game against the Harlem Globetrotters. He finished with 1 point and 5 turnovers in 9 minutes of playing time, as the Minutemen fell to Harlem, 68-77.[7] He competed in another exhibition game on November 14 against the Playaz basketball club, but was awarded 22 minutes on the court.[8] In his official collegiate debut, a win over St. Francis (NY), Lasme contributed 6 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.[9] He grabbed 13 rebounds in a quarterfinals game of the Preseason National Invitational Tournament vs Texas Tech, the first time he recorded double-digits in any major statistical category at the collegiate level. He also had four blocked shots,[9] as UMass fell, 50-90.[10] Lasme scored a season-high 13 points on February 8, 2004, vs Dayton. He was awarded his first-ever start with the Minutemen on January 18, 2004, against Duquesne, but scored no points.[9] He was named the winner of Massachusetts' Jack Leaman Defensive Award at the end of the season, ranking second in the Atlantic 10 Conference in blocked shots. Lasme finished the year with averages of 3.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks.[2]


As a sophomore, he started all 28 games for the Minutemen, and again finished as the league's second-leading shot blocker.


Lasme continued his progression during his junior year. He started 27 of the team's 28 games (Senior Day being the exception), scored in double figures 15 times, and finished the year with a 10.5 average. Lasme was two blocks short of a triple-double against St. Peter's on December 27, 2005, with 21 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks. By the end of the season, Lasme blocked a total of 108 shots, an average of 3.9 per game, good for third-highest in the nation. The A-10 honored Lasme with their Defensive Player of the Year award.[11]

On March 5, 2006, at 1:21 AM, Lasme was arrested in an Amherst restaurant for disorderly conduct and allegedly resisting arrest. He was supposedly slapped in the face and was yelling and cursing in a crowded bar. Police made attempts to calm him down, but he would not leave the scene. According to reports and The Daily Collegian, Lasme also harassed two unknown women as he was escorted out by police, leading to his arrest.[12] He was convicted of "non-criminal charge of resisting arrest" and was fined $200 due to the incident. In order to clear his criminal record, Lasme would have to not get into trouble until the hearing, which was postponed until September 26, 2006.[13]


Lasme's senior year at UMass was filled with personal accomplishments, records, and team success. He was named an AP Honorable Mention All-American,[14] the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.[15] He ranked first in the league in blocks and rebounding, and second in field goal percentage. He scored more than 20 points on four occasions, grabbed 10 or more rebounds on 17 occasions, and 10 or more blocks on four occasions. During the season, Lasme averaged 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 5.1 blocks per game, and led the Minutemen into the NIT, the team's first post-season play since the 1999–2000 season.

In the 2006–07 season, Lasme tied an NCAA record with four triple-doubles in a single season, joining Jason Kidd (1994 at Cal) and Michael Anderson (1986 at Drexel). While Kidd and Anderson accomplished the feat by achieving double figures in scoring, rebounds, and assists, Lasme's triple-doubles are in scoring, rebounds and blocks. His four triple-doubles were:

  • vs. St. Francis on November 22 (19 pts, 10 reb, 11 blocks);
  • vs. George Washington on January 10 (23 pts, 15 reb, 11 blocks);
  • vs. Rhode Island on February 8 (18 pts, 12 reb, 11 blocks) and
  • vs. La Salle on February 28 (17 pts, 10 reb, 10 blocks).[16]

Also in 2006–07 Lasme set new UMass records for career blocked shots (399), single season blocked shots (168), and blocks per game (11), passing Marcus Camby on all three lists.

Professional career[edit]

In June 2007, Lasme was selected in the second round, 46th overall, in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors.[3][17] He made his NBA debut on November 8, playing only 3.8 seconds of game time in the Warriors 120–115 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[18][19] On November 17, Lasme was waived by the Warriors.[20] Later that month, he was signed by the NBA Development League's Los Angeles D-Fenders.[21][22]

On March 21, 2008, Lasme was signed to a ten-day contract with the Miami Heat,[23] whose roster had been depleted by injuries. He later signed for the rest of the season.[24] In 15 games (four starts), he averaged 5.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 20.2 minutes.

In September 2008, Lasme signed with the Adriatic League champions Partizan Belgrade, for the 2008–09 season.[25] After the opening three games in Euroleague, he was ranked second in both blocks and rebounds per game.[26] Lasme finished the season well, averaging 10.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game, 25.5 minutes a contest, after Partizan's strong showing that ended in the quarterfinals with a loss to CSKA Moscow. He was instrumental in helping the team to another regional ABA championship, with 11.3 points per game. He also won Serbian national championship and the Radivoj Korać Cup titles with Partizan.

In July 2009, Lasme signed with the Israeli League club Maccabi Tel Aviv, along with Alan Anderson.[27] On June 8, 2010, Maccabi announced that they had released Lasme, after a foot injury had limited his playing time towards the end of the season.[28] In 20 games of Euroleague play, he averaged 6.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in 18.5 minutes per game. Lasme then signed a two-year contract with the Russian League club Spartak Saint Petersburg in July 2010.[29] However, he was released in September, due to some administrative problems that he had in the United States.[30]

Lasme was invited to join the Boston Celtics for their 2010 training camp.[31] However, he was waived on October 20.[32] Subsequently, Lasme joined the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, an affiliate of the Celtics.[33] However, Lasme fractured his foot just 2 minutes into the team's preseason opener against the Springfield Armor, and immediately underwent surgery.[34] After recovering, he returned to action in March 2011.[35]

In August 2011, Lasme returned to Europe and signed with the Spanish League newcomers Obradoiro CAB.[36] On July 5, 2012, the Boston Celtics announced that Lasme was added to their roster for the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League and the 2012 NBA Summer League.[37]

Panathinaikos Athens[edit]

On September 29, 2012, Lasme signed a one-year contract with the Greek League club Panathinaikos Athens.[38] He was named the Euroleague Best Defender for the 2012–13 Euroleague season. He averaged 1.86 blocks and 6.14 rebounds per game, while his team allowed 69.8 points per game, thus displaying the second best team defense in the league.[39] Also, Stephane earned MVP of the Greek top league, as well as, best defensive player for 2012-2013 season.

On July 1, 2013, Lasme renewed his contract with Panathinaikos for two more years.[40] In May 2014, he was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team of the Euroleague.[41] Panathinaikos decided to exercise an "opt out" clause on 12 June 2014 for the upcoming 2014-15 season; but not before Stephane earned the Best Defensive player and First Team in the Greek league for 2013-14 season.[42]


On June 22, 2014, he signed a two-year contract with Anadolu Efes of Turkey.[43][44]

On July 29, 2015, he signed with Galatasaray, also of Turkey.[45]

International career[edit]

Lasme played for Gabon at the 2005 FIBA Africa Championship, averaging 11.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game, in seven games played.[1]

Career statistics[edit]

  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.


Regular season[edit]

2007–08 Golden State 1 0 .0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2007–08 Miami 15 4 20.2 .451 .000 .594 3.5 .2 .9 1.5 5.5
Career 16 4 18.9 .451 .000 .594 3.3 .2 .8 1.4 5.2


2008–09 Partizan 19 9 23.6 .496 .222 .691 6.6 .7 .9 1.5 10.6 13.4
2009–10 Maccabi 20 9 18.8 .461 .000 .706 4.4 .9 1.0 1.4 6.5 8.2
2012–13 Panathinaikos 28 9 23.9 .571 .000 .767 6.1 .5 .4 1.9 10.0 12.9
2013–14 Panathinaikos 28 25 21.1 .515 .000 .825 4.8 .6 .8 1.0 8.9 10.5
2014–15 Anadolu Efes 27 16 19.5 .510 .000 .595 3.9 1.0 .7 .8 6.7 7.2
Career 122 68 21.8 .518 .143 .735 5.1 .7 .7 1.3 8.5 10.4

Awards and accomplishments[edit]


Pro career[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c "Player Bio: Stephane Lasme :: Men's Basketball". Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Stephane Lasme Of UMass Selected By Golden State In The NBA Draft". June 29, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Chimelis, Ron. "Springfield Republican: Out Of Africa". Springfield Republican. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "About Us". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
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  8. ^ "Massachusetts 95, Playaz 87". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
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  12. ^ Fenuccio, John; Vautour, Matt. "Stephane Lasme Arrested". Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
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  16. ^ "Stephane Lasme Of UMass Garners AP Honorable Mention All-America Honors". March 26, 2007. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
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  34. ^ "Lasme out 'indefinitely' after surgery". November 18, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Lasme returns to Red Claws". March 10, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Obradoiro CAB lands Stephane Lasme". August 12, 2011. Retrieved December 18, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Sean Williams on C's summer league roster". July 5, 2012. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  38. ^ "Panathinaikos announced Stephane Lasme". September 29, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  39. ^ "Best Defender Trophy winner: Stephane Lasme, Panathinaikos Athens". May 2, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  40. ^
  41. ^ "2013-14 All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  42. ^ Ανακοίνωση ΚΑΕ Παναθηναϊκός
  43. ^ "Anadolu Efes lands defensive ace Lasme". Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  44. ^ "Anadolu Efes officially sign Stephane Lasme". June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  45. ^ "Galatasaray adds experienced center Lasme". 29 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 

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