FC Bayern Munich bolstered its frontcourt by inking big man Mathias Lessort to a one-year deal, the club announced Thursday. Lessort (2.06 meters, 23 years old) arrives from Unicaja Malaga, where he averaged 11 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19 7DAYS EuroCup games last season. He ranked third in two-point shooting percentage (70.1%) and ninth in rebounds, helping Unicaja reach the quarterfinals. Lessort seemed to only get better as the season progressed with his scoring and PIR increasing from the regular season (9.5 ppg. and 13.0 PIR) to the Top 16 (11.2 ppg. and 18.7 PIR) to the quarterfinals (15.7 ppg. and 24.7 PIR), and helped Unicaja win Game 1 of its quarterfinals series against ALBA Berlin, 90-91, with a put-back slam with 2.2 seconds left. All that allowed him to be chosen to the All-EuroCup second team.
Lessort joined Unicaja from Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade. In his Turkish Airlines EuroLeague debut campaign, 2017-18, Lessort averaged 8.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in 30 games. Apart from being a weekly fixture on the highlight-reels, Lessort’s 2.9 offensive rebounds per contest ranked second in all of competition. Prior to Zvezda, he played with JSF Nanterre of France, helping the team win French Cup and FIBA Europe Cup crowns in 2017. Lessort grew up with a fellow French side Elan Chalon, the club where he also started his professional career after arriving from the island of Martinique. He has also been a member of the French national team.