Cheikh Samb

Samb Cheikh Tidiane (born October 22, 1984) is a Senegalese ex-professional basketball player. He played at the center position.

Cheikh Samb
Personal information
Born (1984-10-22) October 22, 1984 (age 35)
Dakar, Senegal
Listed height7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career2005–2017
Career history
2005–2007WTC Cornellá
2007–2008Detroit Pistons
2007–2008Fort Wayne Mad Ants
2008–2009Denver Nuggets
2008–2009Colorado 14ers
2009Los Angeles Clippers
2009New York Knicks
2009-2010Real Madrid
2010–2011Mahram Tehran
2011–2017Al-Ahli Dubai

Basketball careerEdit

In the 2005-06 season, Samb played for WTC Cornellá in the Spanish second division, averaging 9.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.1 blocks,[1] shooting 51.4% from the field and 76.1% from the free-throw line, playing an average of 26 minutes per game in 29 games. He led the league in blocked shots, registering more blocks than the totals of all but one team in the league.

Samb was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round (51st pick overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, but was traded that day to the Detroit Pistons for shooting guard Maurice Evans. After being drafted, he played for the Pistons in the NBA Summer League, averaging 7.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks, while shooting 65.2% from the field and 60.0% from the free-throw line. He would be loaned back to the same Spanish outfit for 2006–07.

In his second season with Cornellá, Samb averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks, while shooting 52% from the field, and 61% from the free-throw line, playing 24 minutes per game in only 19 games, in an injury-plagued season. Joining the Pistons for another Summer League, Samb posted slightly better numbers than in the previous edition, starting in four and playing in all five games. Subsequently, he signed a contract with the Pistons on July 17, 2007.[1]

On November 16, 2007, Samb played his first NBA regular season game:[2] against the Los Angeles Lakers, he had four rebounds, two points and two blocks in 15 minutes, before being allocated to the NBA Development League, with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

On December 14, in his second D-League game, against the Dakota Wizards, Samb took an elbow to his mouth and lost two front teeth.[3] The teeth, knocked out at the root, were subsequently put in a saline solution and he was taken to a dentist to have them reset.[3] He also suffered a probable upper jawbone fracture.[3]

Samb was recalled to the NBA on December 21,[2] switching to the Mad Ants again on January 29, 2008.[4] On February 3, he recorded a triple double with the Ants, with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks.[5] On March 22, he was once again recalled to the Pistons.

On November 3, 2008, Samb was traded along with Antonio McDyess and Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets, in exchange for Allen Iverson.[6] He (along with Sonny Weems) was later assigned to the Colorado 14ers, a team associated with the Nuggets in the NBA Development League.[7] On January 5, 2009, the Nuggets traded Samb, along with cash considerations, to the Los Angeles Clippers for a conditional second-round draft pick.[8]

On February 16, 2009, Samb was waived by the Clippers.[9] On March 2, he signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.[10] After this expired on March 12, 2009, the Knicks signed him to a second 10-day contract and, on March 23, released the player, who made appeared in 2 games with them.

On October 1, 2009 he signed a one-month contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid.[11] He only appeared in one game[12] and was released in November.

He was on the Toronto Raptors' roster for the 2010 NBA Summer League. In the final game of Summer League, Samb scored 11 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.[13]

On November 1, 2010, Samb was drafted by the Sioux Falls Skyforce with the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Development League Draft.[14] He did not make the final 10 man roster, however.

Samb signed with defending Iranian Super League champions Mahram Tehran in December 2010.[15]

NBA career statisticsEdit

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular seasonEdit

2007–08 Detroit 4 0 7.8 .750 .000 .500 1.8 .0 .3 .5 1.8
2008–09 Denver 6 0 4.0 .154 .000 .000 1.5 .2 .3 .8 0.7
2008–09 L.A. Clippers 10 0 5.1 .250 .000 .600 1.3 .0 .1 .5 1.1
2008–09 New York 2 0 4.0 .000 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .0 0.0
Career 22 0 5.2 .250 .000 .444 1.4 .0 .2 .5 1.0

Personal lifeEdit

Samb is the older brother of basketball player Mamadou Samb.[16]


  1. ^ a b Pistons Sign Center Cheick Samb
  2. ^ a b "Pistons Recall Cheikh Samb from Fort Wayne Mad Ants". Archived from the original on 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  3. ^ a b c Ants lose game, center's front teeth Archived February 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Posted December 15, 2007
  4. ^ Pistons Re-Assign Cheikh Samb to NBA Development League Affiliate Fort Wayne Mad Ants
  5. ^ "Skyforce Down Ants Again for Sixth Straight Win". Archived from the original on 2009-01-16. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  6. ^ Pistons acquire Iverson for Billups, McDyess, Samb Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Denver's Sonny Weems and Cheikh Samb Assigned To Colorado 14ers". Archived from the original on 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2008-12-30.
  8. ^ "Clippers Acquire Cheikh Samb From Denver Nuggets". Retrieved 2009-01-07.
  9. ^ "Clippers Acquire Alex Acker From Detroit Pistons". 2009-02-16. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  10. ^ Knicks Sign Cheikh Samb To 10-day Contract
  11. ^ "El Madrid ficha por un mes al gigante senegalés Cheikh Samb". MARCA (in Spanish). Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  12. ^ "Cheikh Samb Basketball Player Profile". Asia-Basket. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  13. ^ Raptors Announce 2010 Las Vegas Summer League Roster
  14. ^ NBA Development League Draft 2010 Archived 2010-11-17 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Cheikh Samb inks in Iran with Mahram". Sportando. Retrieved 2011-01-06.
  16. ^ Sardinero, David (11 November 2008). "El pívot Mamadou Samb de origen senegals quiere ser el futuro en la pintura de España". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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