Skal Labissière Celebrity Life
Skal Labissière is a Haitian basketball professional. He was born on March 18th, 1996 and currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He completed graduation from Lausanne Collegiate School at Memphis in Tennessee prior to playing college basketball with Kentucky. He has also featured for Sacramento Kings.
Labissière’s birthplace was Port-au-Prince of Haiti. He started playing basketball at Collège Canado-Haïtien. It was a junior high school with good participation in the championships between schools.
When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010, Labissière’s family home collapsed while he was at his home with his mother and brother. They were trapped for 3 hours.
His legs turned numb as they were stuck and he could not walk for a few weeks. After a few months, he shifted to Memphis in Tennessee. He lived with Gerald Hamilton who controlled Reach Your Dream Foundation which brought international performers to the USA.
High school career
Labissière went to the Evangelical Christian School of Memphis and played varsity basketball from eighth grade. He took the help of a French interpreter at the beginning since he did not understand English.
He joined Lausanne Collegiate School in his senior year at Memphis. Since he was not eligible for Lausanne, he featured for the team of Reach Your Dream Academy. He had an average of 26 points and 12 rebounds.
Professional Career Highlights
Sacramento Kings (2016–2019)
The Phoenix Suns picked Labissière as the 28th overall during the NBA draft of 2016. He earned the second-highest draft of any Haitian since Samuel Dalembert in 2001. Later he was exchanged to the Sacramento Kings on the same night and signed a rookie-level contract.
His NBA debut came on November 5th, 2016. He registered 8 points and 3 rebounds from the 15 minutes he played as a substitute versus the Milwaukee Bucks but they lost 117-91.
Playing his 9th match of the season, he scored a season-best of 12 points in a victory over the Denver Nuggets. In the first start of his career, he scored 10 points and 5 rebounds from 15 minutes during a defeat at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets.
In March 2017, he netted 21 points out of his career-best of 32 from the last quarter in their victory against the Phoenix Suns. This made him the first rookie from the drafts of 2016 to put 30 in the ring.
Meanwhile, he made 11 rebounds to register the first double-double of his career. He was the youngest player in the Kings’ history to score a 30-10 match and the 4th player to complete it as a reserve after the 1984–85 season.
His points tally was the highest recorded by a Kings player ever since Ben McLemore put 31 in the net during the 2013–14 season. He was just the 41st player in the history of the league to score 30 or more when aged 20 or lower. He also completed different assignments at Reno Bighorns playing in the Development League of the NBA.
Labissière scored 17 points as well as 15 rebounds during a defeat versus the Charlotte Hornets. He registered his season-best in January 2018 during another defeat versus the Charlotte Hornets.
Portland Trail Blazers (2019–present)
Labissière was sold to the Portland Trail Blazers as a part of a player swap in February 2019. In April 2019, Labissière started the final match of the season for Portland as the team rested most of its regular players. Eventually, he netted 29 points and helped the team to cover a 28 difference and help the team to victory by 136-131.
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