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Pops Mensah-Bonsu
PF - 6'9, 235lbs - 40 years old - 4 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2015 season
  • Birthdate: 09/07/1983
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2006
  • Pre-draft team: George Washington
  • Country: Britain
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
3rd August, 2006NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
7th December, 2006D-LeagueAssigned by Dallas to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
8th February, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas by Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
17th February, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Dallas to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
24th February, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas by Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
30th March, 2007D-LeagueAssigned by Dallas to Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
10th April, 2007D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas by Fort Worth Flyers of the D-League.
31st August, 2007NBAWaived by Dallas.
1st September, 2007ItalySigned a one year contract with Benetton Treviso.
8th May, 2008SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Granada.
16th July, 2008SpainSigned a one year contract with Joventut Badalona.
5th December, 2008SpainLeft Joventut Badalona.
28th January, 2009D-LeagueAcquired by Austin Toros.
25th February, 2009NBASigned a 10 day contract with San Antonio.
4th March, 2009NBASan Antonio terminated 10 day contract early.
4th March, 2009D-LeagueDesignated as a returning player by Austin Toros.
5th March, 2009NBASigned a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with Toronto.
26th August, 2009NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Houston.
13th November, 2009NBAWaived by Houston.
17th November, 2009NBAClaimed off waivers by Toronto.
5th January, 2010NBAWaived by Toronto.
12th January, 2010RussiaSigned for the remainder of the season with CSKA Moscow.
8th August, 2010SpainSigned a two year contract with Caja Laboral. Included team option for 2011/12.
13th September, 2010SpainReleased by Caja Laboral.
24th September, 2010NBASigned an unguaranteed two year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
4th January, 2011NBAWaived by New Orleans.
17th February, 2011FranceSigned for the remainder of the season with ASVEL Villeurbanne.
5th December, 2011TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season with Besiktas.
2nd August, 2012IsraelSigned a two year contract with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
19th September, 2012IsraelReleased by Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
4th March, 2013SpainSigned for the remainder of the season with Cajasol Sevilla.
16th April, 2013SpainLeft Cajasol Sevilla.
18th April, 2013ItalySigned for the remainder of the season with Olimpia Milano.
27th September, 2013NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Washington.
24th October, 2013NBAWaived by Washington.
28th October, 2013TurkeySigned for the remainder of the season with Galatasaray.
23rd June, 2014GreeceSigned a one year contract with Olympiakos.
27th June, 2014GreeceSigning cancelled.
30th September, 2014NBASigned an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Denver.
2nd October, 2014NBAWaived by Denver.
20th November, 2014IsraelSigned for the remainder of the season with Hapoel Jerusalem.
23rd December, 2014IsraelReleased by Hapoel Jerusalem.
27th December, 2014GreeceSigned for the remainder of the season with AEK Athens.
22nd May, 2015GreeceReleased by AEK Athens.
Career Moves
2002 - 2006George Washington (NCAA)
July 2006Dallas Mavericks (Summer League)
August 2006 - August 2007Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
September 2007 - May 2008Benetton Treviso (Italy)
May 2008 - June 2008Granada (Spain)
July 2008Dallas Mavericks (Summer League)
July 2008 - December 2008Joventut Badalona (Spain)
January 2009 - February 2009Austin Toros (D-League)
February 2009 - March 2009San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
March 2009Austin Toros (D-League)
March 2009 - June 2009Toronto Raptors (NBA)
August 2009 - November 2009Houston Rockets (NBA)
November 2009 - January 2010Toronto Raptors (NBA)
January 2010 - June 2010CSKA Moscow (Russia)
August 2010 - September 2010Caja Laboral (Spain)
September 2010 - January 2011New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
February 2011 - June 2011ASVEL Villerbanne (France)
December 2011 - June 2012Besiktas (Turkey)
August 2012 - September 2012Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
March 2013 - April 2013Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)
April 2013 - June 2013Olimpia Milano (Italy)
September 2013 - October 2013Washington Wizards (NBA)
October 2013 - June 2014Galatasaray (Turkey)
June 2014Olympiakos (Greece)
September 2014 - October 2014Denver Nuggets (NBA)
November 2014 - December 2014Hapoel Jerusalem (Israel)
December 2014 - May 2015AEK Athens (Greece)
Articles about Pops Mensah-Bonsu

March 24, 2011

Initially, they didn't have much luck replacing them. They had success when they replaced English with David Logan, but didn't do so well elsewhere. They tried to replace the Eliyahu/Golubovic combination with Florent Pietrus and Pops Mensah-Bonsu, but neither lasted long; Pietrus only signed a one month contract and soon left, and they vetoed the Pops signing when they found scar tissue in his knee (which has been there forever and not held him back; they just didn't do their research on this one).

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January 10, 2011

In some additional related bookkeeping, the reason for many of the players listed in the previous list was due to the NBA's contract guarantee date. All players on NBA rosters on or after January 10th have their contracts guaranteed for the remainder of the season (future seasons are unaffected); this also includes waivers. In-season waivers are 48 hours long and do not include weekends; therefore, with the 10th of January being a Monday, players had to be waived by close of business on Wednesday 5th in order to have cleared waivers before the deadline date.

Eleven players with not fully guaranteed contracts were waived in the hours before that deadline: Steve Novak, Damien Wilkins, Jarron Collins, John Lucas III, Ime Udoka, Lester Hudson, Ronald Dupree, Brian Skinner, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Sundiata Gaines and Rodney Carney. Twenty seven unguaranteed players survived; Delonte West, Von Wafer, Brian Scalabrine, Samardo Samuels, Manny Harris, Alonzo Gee, Brian Cardinal, Melvin Ely, Gary Forbes, Jeremy Lin, Ish Smith, A.J. Price, Ike Diogu, Luc Richard Mbah A Moute, Ben Uzoh, Didier Ilunga-Mbenga, Shawne Williams, Malik Allen, Garret Siler, Patty Mills, Sean Marks, Darnell Jackson, Chris Quinn, Sonny Weems, Jeremy Evans, Cartier Martin and Hamady Ndiaye. Players with contracts who had already become guaranteed due to specific guarantee stipulations in their contracts were Sherron Collins, Derrick Brown, Josh McRoberts, Willie Warren, Derrick Caracter, Luther Head and Joey Dorsey.

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January 5, 2011

Pops Mensah-Bonsu - Pops made the Hornets roster in training camp, but was waived today because of the contract guarantee date. He played only 35 minutes in total for the Hornets, recording 2 points, 11 rebounds and 11 fouls. As ever, Pops stands to provide plenty of good with plenty of bad, an intricate mix of exciting and excruciating play. By this time, his dye is cast.

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October 1, 2010

Pops initially signed for this season with Spanish team Caja Laboral, but was released after they detected some scar tissue in his knee during his preseason physical. That scar tissue has been there since a knee operation Pops had during his George Washington days, and it hasn't prevented him from being as athletic and productive as he's been in his professional career. Yet it scared off Caja Laboral anyway, and New Orleans swooped in to get this possible contributor. Pops makes a series of excruciatingly dumb plays in every game, yet he also makes a series of good ones. He rebounds, runs, scores through hustle and defends through hustle. For what he provides, it's worth putting up with the occasional wing isolation possession that results in him dribbling off his foot.

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July 30, 2010

Pops Mensah-Bonsu - Wherever he plies his trade in this world, Pops makes things happen on the court. "Things" can often include bad stuff, such as turnovers, airballs, ridiculously ambitious drives to the basket, and silly fouls. But making things happen is also a good thing in a big man, and something that's often overlooked in a league that seems to have a bizarre fetish for old stagnant farts that doesn't contribute on the court in any significant way. (You know the types. Some of them are on this list.) Mensah-Bonsu always sports a great rebounding rate, can get some points through sheer hustle and athleticism, and has a good handle for a power forward. He is prone to the occasional delusion of grandeur, but he causes turnovers, wins possessions, scores some baskets, grabs some rebounds, blocks some shots, runs the bejeezus out of the floor, and is disruptive around the basket. No team can have enough of that.

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June 14, 2010

Pops Mensah-Bonsu The Englishman can grab rebounds, run the floor unbelievably well for a man of his size, and turn it over with staggering consistency while trying to isolate on the left wing. So, something for everyone there.

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May 8, 2010

Britain (and England in particular) are starting to place some good big men prospects abroad. Joel Freeland was a first round draft pick of the Blazers back in 2006, who is slowly making a name for himself in the powerhouse Spanish ACB. Another Blazers draft pick, Dante Cunningham, has also worked out for the British team, although he doesn't have the pre-requisite passport yet. Former Hornets forward Sean Banks is also eligible for a British passport, and supposedly in the process of getting one. And other British big man prospects that you may have heard of include Dan Clark (Estudiantes Madrid, ACB), Justin Robinson (Rider), Eric Boateng (just graduated from Arizona State University) and Matthew Bryan-Amaning (University of Washington).

There's some established talent out there, too. Luol Deng, you know about. One-time NBA big man Robert Archibald is also playing in the ACB to a high level, even if he is Scottish. Former NBA draft pick Andy Betts - a man able to make the CV boosting claim that he was once traded for Peja Stojakovic - is still plying his trade in the Greek first division with Aris, a Euroleague team this year. Ex-Raptors forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu is a stalwart of the national team, and finally found the NBA employment last season that he should have had for the last few years. Michael Olowokandi has a British passport (although we don't want him), as has Steve Nash (whom we sadly can't have). And worse case scenario, there's always Providence's Randall Hanke.


Once in Eurobasket Division A, things got tricky. Deng was unavailable due to the stress fracture in his leg, and this left the team using Robert Archibald and Pops Mensah-Bonsu as offensive focal points. If you've ever seen Pops Mensah-Bonsu play, you'd know that it's best to let him just run around enthusiastically without the ball, but if you saw GB play in Eurobasket, you'd have seen multiple wing isolations run for him. This wasn't due to bad coaching; Britain are coached by Chris Finch, the current head coach of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who got great results out of an overmatched team. The team had about 56 different ways to feed the post, all executed excellently. But without Deng, the team just didn't have enough ability, and it cost them. Despite leading the eventual champions Spain for much of their game, including by double figures at one point, Britain lost that game and their every game in the tournament. They competed in all of them, but they ran out of talent.

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April 9, 2010

- Pops Mensah-Bonsu

England's finest Pops Three Whales started the year with the Rockets, unable to secure any guaranteed money this offseason despite his strong finish to last season. The Rockets waived him before one of his multiple contract guarantee dates, at which point the Raptors brought him back when they claimed him off of waivers. Pops didn't survive long there either, though, and was waived before another contract guarantee date. After this, Pops went to European powerhouse CSKA Moscow (in Moscow) to replace Courtney Sims, who had spent only about 8 minutes with the team. But Pops has played very little in his three months with CSKA. Pops is averaging only 11.6 minutes in Russian Superleague play, averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 fouls in that time. He has also totalled only 65 minutes, 37 points and 12 rebounds in Euroleague play; 24, 19 and 8 of that came in just one game.

And here some highlights from that game.

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