There is no amazing incite to provide on this new development. But it definitely is a headline that caught my attention. Hasheem Thabeet has been demoted to the D-League. Talk about a smack in the face. The Grizzlie’s 7 foot 3 center and the number 2 overall pick in last year’s draft could not cut it with the big dawgs. At 7 foot 3, Thabeet was stinking it up so much, Memphis decided to ship him off to North Dakota. Talk about a demotion. Going from playing in the NBA, to playing in North Dakota.
Now Thabeet had an outstanding career at Connecticut and definitely has plenty of ability. You are not Co-Big East Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year, and a 2nd team All American because you are lacking ability. A guy does not get drafted ahead of guys like Tyreke Evans if they have no potential. The man is a work in progress and I highly doubt this is the last of him that we see in the League. Give him some time to develop and he will be a role player in the real League in no time. Hopefully his pride is not stung too much though.
When you are the number 2 pick in the draft, you expect to most likely be a starter right away. You do not expect to be shipped to North Dakota midway through the season. Hasheem was making 4.5 million in salary this year. So worse things could happen in a guys life.
Any thoughts on if Thabeet will ever develop into a formidable NBA player? Or will he migrate around the D-League for years to come and maybe even pop up on the Harlem Globetrotters?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.