Hasheem Thabeet

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Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet cropped.jpg
Free Agent
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1987-02-16) 16 February 1987 (age 27)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
College Connecticut (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092011 Memphis Grizzlies
2010 Dakota Wizards (D-League)
20112012 Houston Rockets
2011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2012 Portland Trail Blazers
20122014 Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards

Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987)[1] is a Tanzanian professional basketball player. He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He is currently a free agent.

Early life[edit]

Thabeet did not begin to play basketball until the age of 15, when he began to watch pick-up games in Tanzania. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili and French but knew little English.[2]

College career[edit]

2006–07[edit]

As a freshman for the Connecticut Huskies, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game.[3] On 3 December 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record for blocks in a game with 10.[4] Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with teammate Jerome Dyson.

2007–08[edit]

As a sophomore, he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season.[3] On 5 January 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies' 73–67 loss at University of Notre Dame.[5] Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big East second team.

2008–09[edit]

As a junior, Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. He earned his first career triple-double against Providence College on 31 January 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.[6] He finished with 152 blocks on the season. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt's DeJuan Blair.[7] He was named second team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.

Thabeet surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue on 26 March 2009. He was the third UConn player that season to do so (Jerome Dyson and A. J. Price were the others). Thabeet helped lead UConn to their first Final Four appearance since 2004.

In April 2009, Thabeet declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.

NBA career[edit]

Memphis Grizzlies[edit]

Thabeet was selected with the second overall pick in 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the first Tanzanian-born NBA player. On 13 December 2009, he had a season-high five blocks.[8]

On 25 February 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League,[9] becoming the highest ever drafted player to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.[10]

Houston Rockets[edit]

On 24 February 2011, Thabeet was traded, along with a future first round pick, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Shane Battier and Ish Smith.[11] On 21 March 2011, he was assigned with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On 11 April 2011, he was recalled by the Rockets.

Portland Trail Blazers[edit]

On 15 March 2012, Thabeet was traded, along with Jonny Flynn and a future second round pick, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Marcus Camby.[12]

Oklahoma City Thunder[edit]

On 11 July 2012, Thabeet signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder.[13] On 26 November 2012, in a 114–69 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Thabeet recorded his first career double-double with 13 points (a career high) and 10 rebounds.[14]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

On August 26, 2014, Thabeet was traded to and subsequently released by the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a trade exception and a 2015 protected second round draft pick.[15][16]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Memphis 68 13 13.0 .588 .000 .581 3.6 .2 .2 1.3 3.1
2010–11 Memphis 45 0 8.2 .436 .000 .543 1.7 .1 .2 .3 1.2
2010–11 Houston 2 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .5 .0
2011–12 Houston 5 0 4.6 1.000 .000 .000 1.4 .0 .0 .4 1.2
2011–12 Portland 15 3 7.7 .444 .000 .650 2.3 .0 .1 .5 1.9
2012–13 Oklahoma City 66 4 11.7 .604 .000 .604 3.0 .2 .5 .9 2.4
2013–14 Oklahoma City 23 0 8.3 .565 .000 .200 1.7 .0 .2 .4 1.2
Career 224 20 10.5 .567 .000 .578 2.7 .1 .3 .8 2.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Oklahoma City 4 0 6.5 .500 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .3 .0 .5
Career 4 0 6.5 .500 .000 .000 1.5 .0 .3 .0 .5

Personal[edit]

Thabeet is the son of Rukia Manka and the late Thabit Manka. He has one sister, Sham, and one brother, Akbar.[17]

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