Ansu Sesay is a name we didn't hear too much here in the United States but his popularity has grown overseas over the years. His combination of size and athleticism, ability to hit shots from 15-20 feet and quick hands and feet on defense led him to be dubbed as an atypical forward and seemed destined to have a long career in the NBA but managed to only appear in 127 games over 4 seasons. Today we take a look back at his career.
Sesay was drafted 30th overall in the 2nd round of the 1998 NBA draft, two spots ahead of Rashard Lewis. Unfortunately for Sesay, he suffered a torn ACL and sat out the entire lockout-shortened 1999 season. The following season, he was traded along with Dana Barros to Detroit for long-time Clipper Loy Vaught. He was waived by the Pistons shortly after and spent time in the CBA while his NBA debut was put on hold.
In March of 2002, Sesay signed a 10-day contract with the Sonics and was eventually signed on for the remainder of the season. The Sonics made the playoffs and were met in the first round by the San Antonio Spurs before falling in 5 games. Sesay played in 4 of the games and gained valuable playoff experience.
The Sonics began to decline after that season and Sesay was limited to averaging only 10 minutes, 2.1 and 3.5 points per game respectively over the next two seasons.
The Golden State Warriors picked up Sesay the following season but once again saw limited playing time on a team with a number of forwards such as Zarko Cabarkapa, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, and Troy Murphy. He appeared in 16 games before being released by the team in January of 2005. That same month, Sesay went overseas to Italy and eventually went on to win a title in 2006.
The Clippers called Sesay in to training camp in 2007 and were looking for help after Elton Brand went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon. But unfortunately it was not meant to be as the Clippers released Sesay before the start of the season.
It was back to Italy again for Sesay where he would play for AJ Milano and was featured in this Euro-league profile:
At age 33, Sesay continues to play overseas in France and is still a premier player. He may be gone from the NBA but he is definitely not forgotten. The No-Look Pass salutes Ansu Sesay.We're always up late. How about buying us a coffee? Or an energy drink!?