Full Name: Hasheem Thabeet (pictured at right)
Date/Place of Birth: 2/6/1987, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Height/Weight: 7’ 3”, 263 lbs
Primary Position: C
Projected Role: Benchwarmer
NBA Draft: Drafted 2nd overall by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 NBA draft
Honors: Big East Co-Player of the Year (with DeJuan Blair) (2009).
Career Averages: 2.2 PPG, 2.7 RPG, .1 APG, .5 TOPG, .9 BPG; 11/12 PER: 16.59 (in 5 games)
To look at Thabeet is to see his primary, and perhaps only, major strength, he is very tall. His height naturally makes him a good shot blocker. His length keeps teams from attacking him in the paint. To the extent he has an offensive game, he can make short range jumpers. He also sports a respectable rebounding rate and doesn’t foul too much when playing defense.
If it wasn’t for his height, it seems likely that Thabeet would have remained a soccer player, he didn’t even play organized basketball until he was 15. He doesn’t have great basketball instincts, nor does he have a load of talent or skills beyond those that come naturally with being extremely tall. He doesn’t have much of an offensive game, moves so slowly he constantly gets caught committing three second violations on offense, and commits a high number of illegal screen fouls. Perhaps most damning, he doesn’t seem concerned with improving any of these deficiencies. Thabeet is widely regarded to have one of, if not the absolute, worst work ethic in the NBA. Unless he changes this quickly, and even if he does, he may not be in the league much beyond this season.
Did You Know?
Hasheem Thabeet’s name means “Destroyer of Evil” in Arabic.
Thabeet is the first Tanzanian born player to play in the NBA.
Thabeet is the highest drafted player to ever play in the NBA Developmental League.