Mathias
Lessort
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6'9" / 250 lbs
School/Club: Nanterre 92 (France)
Status: Int'l Draft Eligible
Birthday: September 29, 1995

Strengths

  • Big, strong athletic body for a forward
  • Productive rebounder, already one of the best in French league
  • Brings energy on the floor at all times
  • Good screen setter, perfect player for pick and roll

Weaknesses

  • Not a threat from three point range
  • Needs to become a smarter, more composed on ball defender
  • Undersized as a center, where he would otherwise naturally fit

NBA projection: Lessort offers up a certain set of qualities that an NBA team will always need. Energy and hustle combined with a strong frame will allow Lessort to eventually come one of the top rebounders in any league he will play in. Lessort is the type of player who may not have a single play called for him on a given night and still manages to finish with a double-double. Not having a consistent jump-shot limits him, but a team who drafts him will know exactly what they are getting.

2016-17 Season
After signing with Nanterre last summer, Lessort began his third professional season with a five game win streak. In the French league he is averaging career highs across the board, including top ten rankings in rebounding and player efficiency rating. 

Key Statistics: 33 GP, 23.0  MPG, 10.2 PPG, 57% 2P, 100% 3P, 60% FT, 7.4 RPG, 0.7 APG, 0.7 SPG, 0.9 BPG, 1.8 TPG, (LNB Pro A); 20 GP, 21.3  MPG, 9.9 PPG, 65% 2P, 0% 3P, 69% FT, 6.3 RPG, 0.6 APG, 0.8 SPG, 1.4 BPG, 2.3 TPG, (FIBA Europe Cup)

Career Highlights: Has represented France twice in  FIBA play, at the 2015 U20 Euros (4.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 14.8 mpg) and 2014 U20 Euros (1.4 ppg). Selected all-tournament at the 2013 Nike Global Challenge (19.5 ppg).

Cool Statistic: Lessort has already recorded six double-doubles on the season. His signature performance came in the FIBA Europe Cup against USAK Sportif when he finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Reminds me of: Tarik Black

What Insiders Say
Trevor Magnotti, The Step Back
“A high energy offensive rebounder who could provide rim protection at power forward. Has been on NBA radars since he was discovered as Clint Capela’s teammate in 2014.”

Bogdan Karaicic, Draftexpress
“Lessort is a bit undersized for a center and doesn't show the type of scoring range or playmaking ability from someone who might play some power forward, even if his intensity level and length on defense does help ease some of those concerns. The way the NBA game is trending will certainly benefit him, as teams are far less reluctant to use 6’9 centers as in the past, especially one with Lessort’s bulk.”

Carl Berman, NetScouts Basketball
"Lessort is likely the most productive international player in this year's draft as he's been a solid contributor at Nanterre. He's somewhat undersized for an NBA center but is wide and solid and there likely are teams who wouldn't be afraid to use him in the middle or even as a 4. He's more advanced defensively at this point but is somewhat lesser of a risk than other possible international draft picks due to his productivity."

 

Carl Berman and Chris Denker are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, ‘The International Basketball Connection.’ You can follow NetScouts Basketball on Twitter, or follow Chris and CarlThanks to Ronnie Levi of our staff for his work on these profiles.


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