Focal Point | Mathias Lessort

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In the Focal Point, we isolate a key player driving their team’s success and explore the numbers and on-court tendencies to support historical player comparisons.

The 6´9 French national was essential for Partizan’s Euroleague success and was one of the top bigs in the competition, averaging 12.0 PPG and 7.1 RPG.

A veteran in Europe hoops, with prior stops in Red Star Bayern Munich and Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Lessort took a significant leap this past season, earning the trust of coach Obradovic to play 30:57 MPG, 2nd most on the team.

The Numbers –> While shooting 67.6%, Lessort was Top 5 for Partizan and/or the Euroleague in multiple categories, including:

For Partizan: PIR (1st), Min per Game (2nd), Off/Tot Rebounds (1st), Blks (1st), 2ptA (1st), Fouls Drawn (1st)

In the Euroleague: PIR (2nd), Tot Reb (3rd), Off Reb (1st), 2PM (4th), FTA (3rd)

The Exceptional –> Lessort was very active on the offensive end, excelled around the rim, and knew how to position himself for easy duck-ins, putbacks, and dunks

As an undersized big (6’9), he was the team’s defensive anchor, using his mobility to protect the paint

Despite playing the 2nd most minutes for Partizan, Lessort’s motor was always on high rev, and his work ethic brought fans out of their seats

Player Comparisons

Mike Batiste, 2005-06
Panathinaikos | Euroleague
Jan Vesely, 2017-18
Fenerbahce | Euroleague
13.3 PPG /1.8 OReb,
shooting 65.7% on 2-pointers
12.5 PPG/2.5 OReb,
shooting 60.9% on 2-pointers
High motor + lob threat
dominant inside the paint
Excelled in the with a
high motor + constant energy