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Thabeet to D-League

Posted on: February 25, 2010 5:22 pm
The Grizzlies are sending No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet to the D-League, a move that proves A) Memphis made a mistake in picking him that high; and B) The organization, to its credit, has the courage to admit that mistake.

That doesn't mean we write off Thabeet's career just because he's off to a slow start. But it was curious from the start why the Grizzlies, desperate for a spark in a struggling market, passed on hometown hero Tyreke Evans and selected Thabeet second overall in the 2009 draft. Memphis, instead, turned to Allen Iverson for that spark, and instead got a three-alarm fire that resulted in his quick dismissal from the team.

It was obvious that Thabeet, a 7-3 center from Tanzania, would be a project. But his difficult adjustment to the NBA game has redefined what a project is. In limited minutes, Thabeet has managed only two field goals in the month of February and only 15 in the calendar year -- a third of which came in the first game of 2010 on Jan. 2.

Thabeet becomes the highest draft pick ever assigned to the D-League. His assignment to the Dakota Wizards was reported first by the website

Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2010 9:17 pm

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Memphis didn't pick Marc Gasol, the Lakers did. The trade was Pau Pasol and a second-rounder for Brown, Crittendon, Mckie, two first-rounders and the rights to Marc Gasol, who was still playing in Spain at the time. The trade also freed up salary so eventually Memphis had room to sign Zach Randolph (and also Iverson, unfortunately).

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2010 3:55 pm

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Actually trading Pau to LA was a good deal. Memphis couldn't afford to re sign Pau so they traded him and got his brother Marc Gasol in return. Marc is one of the up and coming bigs in the league.Whoa. Actually, Marc Gasol should have been taken a lot sooner and Chris Wallace simply lucked out when he fell to them. Just like he did when Paul Pierce fell to the 10th pick and he selected him. They got a garbage pick from LA and a very good player just happened to be on the board for some unexplained reason. Are you telling me Wallace couldn't have gotten better return value for a legit top tier big man than Kwame Brown, Javarris Crittendon, Aaron McKie, the eventual Marc Gasol pick, and 1st rounders in 08-10 (AKA garbage picks)? Wallace should never have been let in an NBA arena again after making that trade, or the Billups trade, or the Joe Johnson trade, or the Hasheem Thabeet draft. And as for Thabeet himself, Memphis may as well have selected Manute Bol (and Bol had three inches on Thabeet).

Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2010 1:18 pm

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Blair dominated Thabeet in college and he is in the pros.

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 10:56 am

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This almost makes Jordan's pick of Kwame Brown look like GM genius.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2010 9:44 am

Thabeet to D-League

Memphis missed on this pick but how many other teams would have done the same thing? I was glad the Thunder didn't get  him but there was a lot of talk before the draft about how good this guy was going to be.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2010 7:58 am

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ridiculous move by Grizz

7-3 is amazing but you got to make sure that he's ready to go

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2010 7:13 am

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This is one of those hugely bad picks that will haunt a franchise. I remember at the time thinking "your kidding right?" I mean #2?? When the commentators use the word "project" when a pick is #2 you know you are in trouble.

I remember the sick feeling I had when the Raptors selected Hoffa #7- what was his real name? Rafael Aruijo?? With Iguidala still available, then selected Joey Graham with #14 with Danny Granger still on the board, I had this sick feeling in my stomach that this would haunt Toronto for years; and it did.

Thank goodness Brian Colangelo came along and they fired whats his name Babcock. The right GM can right a sinking ship in a fairly short period of time as has Colangelo but the damage done by the incompetent ones still haunt the franchise. Colangelo has turned Toronto into a decent team but the bad picks of the past are the difference between Toronto now being able to be an above .500 team but Babcock has assured they are still a step away from contending. If they had Granger and Iggy on the wing instead of drafting Joey and Hoffa the history of this franchise would have unfolded very differently.

Once a GM makes consistently bad decisions you have to dump them and move on with someone capable of cleaning up the mess.

Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 12:04 am

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Actually trading Pau to LA was a good deal. Memphis couldn't afford to re sign Pau so they traded him and got his brother Marc Gasol in return. Marc is one of the up and coming bigs in the league.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 12:01 am

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lol was thinking the same thing MW - didn't the Grizz get same Young anyway?  Either way it is a suprise to see this move.  You never, EVER see big men this size getting shipped off to the D League.  The NBA bends over backwards to keep tall guys in the league long after they've proven they don't belong, so he must have REALLY stunk up the joint during his tenure with Memphis. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:43 pm

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The real joke here is that the Grizzlies could have had Dejaun Blair and Sam Young
Well......the Grizzlies got Sam Young, but other teams passed on Blair, his size scared them off. With that said, what is up with Thabeet?? i knew the man couldn't score points if it bit him on the nose, but jeez, is he that bad???

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