Season-in-Review: Ansu Sesay

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2.1 PPG 2.8
1.6 RPG 1.7
0.5 APG 0.6
0.31 SPG 0.31
0.11 BPG 0.22
10.0 MPG 10.9
.383 FG% .417

General Manager Rick Sund on Ansu Sesay:

On last season: "I think Ansu is another young player who didn’t get as much playing time as he would like, but the coaching staff likes him because he’s got a basketball feel for the game and he understands the concepts of what we’re trying to do offensively and defensively. I think the flexibility of his game, his multiple positions, made him valuable, especially defensively."

Grade Ansu Sesay's 2002-03 season
Grade Ansu Sesay's 2002-03 season
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2002-03 Season:
Signed to a 10-day contract in late March 2002, Ansu Sesay impressed enough during his eight-game stint with the Sonics that he made his way onto the team’s playoff roster and was part of Nate McMillan’s postseason rotation. After the season, the Sonics re-signed the restricted free agent to a two-year deal, and Sesay was expected to be a part of the team’s rotation. Sesay’s season got off to a bad start when he strained his back during training camp, keeping him out of the majority of the Sonics preseason games. By opening night, however, Sesay was in the lineup and played 16 minutes.

More of a concern in the long run for Sesay was his ability to make shots. A 46.3% shooter from the field during the 2001-02 season, Sesay dropped off dramatically last season. During the month of November, he shot 29%, and scarcely improved to 30% in December. Nonetheless, he remained valuable and stayed in the rotation because of his defensive ability. At 6-9, Sesay has the ability to defend shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards, and he saw action at each of the three positions. A natural small forward, Sesay started at power forward during the month of January when the Sonics were without injured Vladimir Radmanovic. Playing more regularly, Sesay’s touch began to return, and he shot 41.9% in January and an even 50% in February.

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The Sonics pair of trades at the trade deadline effectively ended Sesay’s season. He was placed on the injured list with a lower back strain and remained there for the rest of the season. The Sonics missed his versatility during that period. In addition to the three positions mentioned above, the Sonics coaching staff also discussed playing Sesay at the point when backup Kenny Anderson was injured during the early part of the season.

At his best ...
Sesay was key to the Sonics pulling out a 93-87 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Jan. 17. In 22 minutes, Sesay scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds. He made four of seven attempts from the field.

Season Highs:
Points: 8 vs. Memphis 1/17/03, @ Sacramento 2/14/03
Rebounds: 5* vs. Portland 11/21/02, vs. Memphis 1/17/03
Assists: 3* vs. Phoenix 10/30/02, @ Portland 2/15/03
Blocks: 1* five times
Steals: 2* @ Golden State 11/1/02, vs. Golden State 1/28/03
* denotes career high

Interesting tidbit
Sesay was the NBDL’s inaugural MVP during the 2001-02 season.

  • Sesay’s Career Statistics