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Rockets send Hasheem Thabeet to D-League

Mar 21, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT


Hasheem Thabeet is back in the D-League.

It’s as good an option as the Rockets had. They acquired Thabeet — 7’3” former No. 2 overall pick out of Connecticut — in the Shane Battier trade but they were not playing him. He’s been on the court a total of 4 minutes since the trade.

But he was only going to get better with more burn, so he was send to the Rio Grand Valley Vipers. The Rockets have only one game in the next six days so he could stay there and gain some experience without missing lot of time with the big club. Not that it matters because he’s not playing anyway.

Thabeet made news when he was the highest draft pick ever sent to the D-League by the Memphis Grizzlies last season.

Unless the ghost of Pete Newell starts talking to Thabeet in a very Obi Wan Kenobi way I’m not sure a trip to the D-League is going to make a difference.

  1. purdueman - Mar 21, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    The 2009 NBA draft has proven to be one of the weakest in decades, with 9 guards selected out of the next 10 first round picks after this stiff was taken 2nd overall by Memphis (but thusfar not a single All Star in the bunch).

    The old adage is that you “can’t teach 7’3″”, but that doesn’t mean you take a big vegetable that can’t play a lick either with the 2nd overall pick in the entire draft. The only thing surprising about Thabeet’s ineptness is that the Clippers (who took Blake Griffin first overall), weren’t the ones for once pulling such a boner.

    The D-league though is an excellent and badly needed alternative. While it’s true that it’s mostly dominated by at best end of the bench prospects/suspects, it at least allowed Chicago this year to showcase former first round pick bust James Johnson (who went 15th overall in the same draft as Thabeet), in order to find a taker in Toronto and unload him for a 1st round pick (albeit a very low one, receiving next years Heat #1 pick in return).

  2. goforthanddie - Mar 21, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    He came into the league as a project. He should have been treated as such from day one. That is what the DLeague is there for, right?
    The dude may or may not be NBA-quality, but I’m thinking his development was botched by Memphis.

    • memphismiracle - Mar 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

      It wasn’t the development that Memphis botched. It was the PICK that was botched. They picked a guy who DOESN’T LIKE BASKETBALL. He has no desire to get better at basketball. He is a really nice guy who is just along for the ride.

  3. rajbais - Mar 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Let’s face it!!!

    He’s worse than Kwame Brown because Brown at least had a scoring average in double figures during the 2004 season!!!

  4. ogcrider - Mar 21, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    When Jim Calhoun called him the most dominant force in college basketball I almost lost it. Major bust. He’s out of the league next year.

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