June 16, 2010
Rather than going to France, Mouhamed Sene is leaving it. Sene led the French league in both rebounds and blocks season and was named a joint winner of the Defensive Player of the Year award, but he's making a lateral move to Belgium to play for Charleroi. Sene was playing in Belgium before his NBA career began, and hopefully he can improve upon the 4/5 averages that were deemed enough to get him picked 10th overall in 2006. Also in Belgium, Xavier guard Stanley Burrell has switched teams, moving from Sene's former team Verviers-Pepinster to Generali Okapi Aalstar. He averaged 10.8 points and 4.6 assists last season.
April 21, 2010
- Mouhamed Sene
After being waived by New York over the summer, despite their need for a centre, Sene moved to France. The French league is somewhat infamous, if you will, for its lack of defensive play. Therefore, a naturally (and exclusively) defensive player such as Sene stood a good chance of making his presence felt there. And that's exactly what he's done; in 32 minutes of 26 games, Sene has averaged 12.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, with the rebounds and blocks both leading the league. The only man within three rebounds per game of Sene is Vichy's Dounia Issa (11.6 rpg), and the only man with 1.0 blocks per game of Sene's is again Issa (2.3bpg; incidentally, Issa is a 28 year old 6'6 forward averaging less than 10ppg). if He still can't make a shot from outside of the paint, and still shoots higher from the field than from the foul line, so he's the same old Sene. But those are big numbers by any metric, and he's also averaging only 2.4 fouls per game.
Speaking of the Knicks need for a centre, the following headline is from February:
"Walsh Traded Picks After Receiving Inside Information On Free-Agency?
"Knicks May Turn To Brad Miller At Centre."