Skal Labissiere’s muscle gain makes him look unrecognizable
Sacramento Kings big man Skal Labissiere is putting the summer vacation to good use. Like many other NBA players, the 22-year-old has put in a ton of work during the break to prepare himself for the upcoming season.
For Labissiere though, he has been focusing on a specific area of his game that has received criticism in the past — his physicality. If you need proof, then take a look at this recent snap of a buffed Labissiere making the rounds on social media.
— Greg (@gwiss) August 20, 2018
The Haitian national is listed at 225 lbs on his Wikipedia page. This likely requires an update as the new and improved Labissiere has absolutely put on some gains this offseason and is almost unrecognizable.
The 6-foot-11 forward/center was drafted 28th overall by the Kings in 2016 (via the Phoenix Suns). The former Kentucky alumni had a rather pedestrian rookie campaign which saw him play just less than 20 minutes per contest in a total of 33 games for Sacramento.
Labissiere put in a more formidable sophomore year last season, albeit still with much to be desired. He forced his way into a bigger role for the Kings and produced a nightly output of 8.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 0.8 blocks in 20.7 minutes per game off the bench.
Labissiere is now on the third year of his four-year deal, which stipulates a team option next season. He understands the situation he is in and is doing everything in his power to ensure that he establishes himself as part of the Kings’ exceptionally young and promising core.