Soumaila Samake
Vancouver Dragons
LeagueAmerican Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1978-03-18) March 18, 1978 (age 42)
Bougouni, Mali
Listed height7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2000 / Round: 2 / Pick: 36th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career1996–present
Career history
1996–1997KK Idrija
1997–1999Geoplin Slovan
1999Union Olimpija
1999–2000Cincinnati Stuff
2000–2001New Jersey Nets
2001–2002Orlandina Basket
2002Los Angeles Lakers
2002–2003Greenville Groove
2004Detal Inowroclaw
2004–2006Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2006Geoplin Slovan
2006–2007Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2007Ohod Al Madina
2007–2008Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
2008BEEM Mazandaran
2008–2010Jilin Northeast Tigers
2010Mornar Bar
2010–2011Caspian Qazvin
2011–2012Quebec Kebs
2018–presentVancouver Dragons
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Soumaila Samake (born March 18, 1978) is a Malian professional basketball player for the Vancouver Dragons of the American Basketball Association (ABA). A 7'0" tall center, he was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 2000 NBA draft, and played for the Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 68 points and grabbed 76 rebounds in 47 NBA games between 2000 and 2003.

While playing with the Lakers in 2002, Samake was suspended five games after testing positive for Nandrolone, an anabolic steroid. Samake said that he had accidentally ingested the substance while taking a dietary supplement.[1] He was only the third NBA player suspended for steroids, following Don MacLean and Matt Geiger.[2]

On November 29, 2011, it was announced that the National Basketball League of Canada's Quebec Kebs had signed Samake to their active roster.[3]


  1. ^ Lakers' Samake suspended for steroids Archived January 2, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Sporting News. November 12, 2002. Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Liz Robbins. "N.B.A. Union Strikes Deal for Supplements". New York Times. November 17, 2006. Retrieved on June 15, 2009.
  3. ^ "Transactions". National Basketball League of Canada. Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012.