Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft has been nothing short of a total disappointment thus far. Last year he became the highest drafted player to ever be sent to the D-League, and this year he’s averaged a whopping 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds in just 8.4 minutes per game. Awesome pick, considering Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and Brandon Jennings were still on the board.
Well, the Memphis Grizzlies have apparently moved completely into “our bad” territory. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Grizzlies are trying desperately to move the 7’3, 267-pound mistake.
The Grizzlies have obviously become aware that Marc Gasol is their center of the future, and with good reason because the 25-year-old Spaniard is rapidly developing. So Thabeet is being “shopped hard” by Memphis in an attempt to unload the $4.7 million he’s making this year and the $5.1 million he’s due next season.
The question is, who would want Thabeet? The guy hasn’t developed at all. In fact, he appears to have regressed from his time at UConn. And that’s saying something, because he had very little discernible basketball skill in college, all he did was rely on his height. In the NBA, he can’t just do that.
He was named the National Defensive Player of the Year in his final year at UConn, but in the NBA he has been muscled around in the post. While playing with the big boys you can’t block shots if you’re always completely out of position or getting bullied out of the way by stronger players.
Thabeet hasn’t ever been the kind of guy who’d be humble and work at his game obsessively to get better. So this may be a problem that never gets solved.