Hasheem Thabeet to D-League?

Sep 14, 2009
The Memphis Grizzlies are sending No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet to the D-League, the team announced on Thursday.



Thabeet is the highest draft pick ever sent to the D-League by an NBA team. A team can assign players to D-League duty only during their first two seasons as a pro.

Thabeet's assignment to the Dakota Wizards -- Memphis' North Dakota-based affiliate -- was first reported by the Web site RidiculousUpside.com, which covers the D-League extensively. Before the team's announcement, two sources close to the situation confirmed Thabeet's impending D-League stint to ESPN.com.

Although the Grizzlies acknowledged that Thabeet was a long-term project when they selected him with the No. 2 pick in June over the likes of local collegiate star Tyreke Evans, Memphis was hoping that the 7-foot-3 center could survive as a backup in his first NBA season. But Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins announced earlier this week that second-year center Hamed Haddadi of Iran would begin receiving Thabeet's minutes behind starting center Marc Gasol.

The Grizzlies, according to NBA front-office sources, offered Thabeet and second-year guard O.J. Mayo to the Golden State Warriors for Warriors guard Monta Ellis before the Feb. 18 trade deadline but were turned down.

Thabeet, 23, is averaging just 2.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game for the Grizzlies and supplants Portland's Martell Webster -- who played eight games for the now-defunct Fort Worth Flyers in the D-League in 2005-06 as the No. 6 overall pick in the draft -- as the highest draftee ever to play in the NBA's official minor league.


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Jan 28, 2010
No surprise. He was a project in college. He seems like he wants to be good, so we shall see what happens.
May 14, 2009
Originally Posted by nnarum

Shoulda stayed in college?

Why?  Going to bank about $8 mill over the next 2 years, at the least, and what was 1 more year going to for him? 
Jul 14, 2003
Good. Im glad NBA finally has at least some sort of system for these players to use as "minor leagues" and help them develop. Go play 30 mins a game in the D League for awhile and keep tryin to get better.
Dec 9, 2001
Originally Posted by Osh Kosh Bosh

He is not a bust yet...
He is the highest pick ever to be sent to the D-League.  How may D-Leaguer`s have you seen come back and be a starter in the league???
Aug 2, 2006
Originally Posted by pacmagic2002

Originally Posted by Osh Kosh Bosh

He is not a bust yet...
He is the highest pick ever to be sent to the D-League.  How may D-Leaguer`s have you seen come back and be a starter in the league???
Chris Anderson, Andre Blatche, Ramon Sessions, Marcin Gortat, Martell Webster, Aaron Brooks.

He is not a bust yet, he has specific measurable talents, the kid can block shots at an elite level, the problems that are limiting him from being a successful NBA player are all completely correctable.

His ceiling as a Dikembe Mutumbo type defensive force is still reachable.
Nov 18, 2000
I've got faith in this guy. Always seemed like a hard worker with a good head on his shoulders. Hope things pan out for him.
Jun 12, 2006
i dont follow college bball as much but how did this dude end up as a top 3 pick but dajuan blair gets drafted in the 2nd round? that matchup they had in college made it seem like they shouldve switched places.
May 4, 2006
doesnt seem like it would hurt his ego much. he needs playing time to develop. doesnt matter where you're drafted, playing is better than sitting on the bench.

and he can still play with the grizz. years ago farmar played d-league then for the lakers on the same day.
Feb 15, 2009
Doesn't seem like a bad idea. D-League minutes is better than no minutes. It'll definitely help with his confidence. I just don't understand why they won't play him though. The Grizz desperately need defense. So why would they choose Haddadi as their backup center over Thabeet? Thabeet actually blocks a fair amount of shots in the little PT he's given.
Oct 5, 2011
Originally Posted by Addict4Sneakers

dude is gonna be the Marvin williams of this years draft.

"we could have drafted _______"

why would he? Who would you have drafted in that position that would have been a starter on this current team & they still keep up this current pace that they're at??

Atl had a desperate need for a PG, Memphis would be struggling if they had Reke at point right now & NO ONE was taking Steph with the #2 pick overall.
Jan 10, 2010
This dude dominated in college. Just couldn't translate that domination to the NBA.
Shoulda stayed in college
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