Posted: July 12, 2007
While Summer Suns forward Pape Sow is mostly known for his physical and up-tempo style on the court, his rollercoaster ride to the NBA is not.
After his 2004 NBA Draft rights were acquired by the Raptors, the 6-10 Cal State-Fullerton alum played in 27 games his rookie season and then 42 in his sophomore year before a groin injury curtailed his momentum.
In 2005-06, Sow rehabbed and re-established his reputation with Arkansas in the NBA Development League, where he dropped 40 points against Fort Worth and posted a 27-point, 24-rebound night against Austin. It earned him a call-up back to Toronto, but finding playing time in Head Coach Sam Mitchell’s system was easier said than done, especially after a summer vertebra injury limited the big man to just seven games for Toronto last season.