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Don’t be shocked if Thabeet ends up on Thunder bench

Jul 3, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT


The days of Hasheem Thabeet — he former No. 2 pick of the Grizzlies, taken in front of James Harden, Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and others — getting a big NBA payday are gone.

But he likely is still on an NBA roster next season. Maybe a very good one.

From Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman (via: Blazers Edge):

Thabeet is probably a lock to sign with the Thunder. In terms of free agent splashes, Thabeet doesn’t even qualify as a ripple.

So why take him? Because he’s 7’3” and young, and you can get him for less than $1 million for the season. If he sits on the end of the bench, so what? But if he pans out in the hard-working, peer pressure environment of the Thunder, they could have another steal.

Thabeet was good at UConn and was seen as a project with potential when drafted. So far that potential has not panned out, but big men can take a while to develop. He goes into a new situation, new work ethic, new locker room and who knows.

It would be a solid gamble.

  1. tommy972 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    I bet KD and co. can revive his career seeing as he’s still young and has the length.

    • genericcommenter - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      That’s what she said.

  2. clippernation365 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    hasheem thabeet up up

  3. cosanostra71 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    As the saying goes, you can’t teach tall. But I’m not sure if you can teach talent either.

  4. lakerluver - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    I’m shocked he’s this big of a bust thus far.

  5. p1nch3dloaf - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    Portland: “…and Thabeet goes on…”

    OKC: “We got the Thabeet!”

  6. jengibre23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Thabeet was a huge bust. As soon as he got dominated by Dejuan Blair I would have passed on him. Any smart GM would have

  7. fanz928 - Jul 4, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Get help from the dream and get to dhoward size and you will revive your career and become a star

  8. chicagofan - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Chicago is a better fit with Omar Asik leaving he’ll get a chance.

  9. mdp44 - Jul 4, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    If they sign him he’ll just end up on their d league team, that’s where he stayed when he played for the rockets

  10. 6thsense79 - Jul 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    What I don’t understand is Thabeet was drafted as the number 2 overall pick in 2009 with the understanding that he would be project at the NBA level but is let go less than 2 seasons later. How long did the Grizzlies think this project would take?

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