Mathias Lessort (PF/C, Nanterre)

 

Measurables: 6’9”, 7’1’ wingspan, 250 lbs, 21.6 years old

Strengths

  • Solid transition athlete
  • Smart player on offense
  • Athleticism allows him to get well above rim
  • Great touch/finishing in traffic
  • Motor shows up all over the floor – great rebounder
  • Throws weight around on o-boards
  • Athleticism helps him as a rim protector at just 6’9”
  • Grabs steals, plays efficient
  • Good production against high-level competition
  • Has just enough size to play some center off the bench

Weaknesses

  • Turnover issues (2.3 TOPG in just 21.3 mins)
  • Between positions as a big man
  • Doesn’t have NBA PF game or C size
  • 56% FT shooter
  • Very limited offensively – really just a finisher/dunker
  • Needs to improve defensive IQ
  • Gets beat by smarter post players
  • Doesn’t offer a whole lot of upside
  • Not a great stash candidate given age

Overall

  • Lessort has a very clear-cut game and a clear-cut role at the NBA level. He’s a rim-running finisher who can grab rebounds and block a few shots, but not a guy who will ever be a realistic starter. Luckily, he’ll have value as a bench big who can provide energy and be efficient. Unless he has a Paul Millsap-type leap in his perimeter game, he’s got a pretty clear ceiling, but he’s also got a high floor as a useful bench player who can fit with almost any team in the league.

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