|No. 34 – Grand Rapids Drive|
16 February 1987 |
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
|Listed height||7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)|
|Listed weight||263 lb (119 kg)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall|
|Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies|
|2010||→Dakota Wizards (D-League)|
|2011||→Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)|
|2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012–2014||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|2014–present||Grand Rapids Drive (D-League)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987) is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. He is currently the tallest active player in the NBA. He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 NBA career statistics
- 5 Personal
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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.
As a freshman for the Connecticut Huskies, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game. On 3 December 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record for blocks in a game with 10. Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with teammate Jerome Dyson.
As a sophomore, he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season. On 5 January 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies' 73–67 loss at University of Notre Dame. Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big East second team.
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. 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. 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.
On 25 February 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, becoming the highest ever drafted player to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.
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. 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
Oklahoma City Thunder
On 11 July 2012, Thabeet signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 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.
On August 26, 2014, Thabeet was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a trade exception and a 2015 protected second round draft pick. On September 1, 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.
Grand Rapids Drive
NBA career statistics
|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|
Thabeet is the son of Rukia Manka and the late Thabit Manka. He has one sister, Sham, and one brother, Akbar.
- List of tallest players in National Basketball Association history
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball career blocks leaders
- 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans
- "Hasheem Thabeet NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Biggest Man on Campus – Tanzanian freshman tallest ever at UConn". SI.com. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2009.[dead link]
- Hasheem Thabeet Stats
- Thabeet’s record 10 blocks key UConn’s big win – College basketball – MSNBC.com[dead link]
- Notre Dame 73, Connecticut 67
- Huskies stake claim to top spot with demolition of Friars
- Blair, Thabeet share Big East award
- Rudy Gay scores 41 as Grizzlies beat Heat 118–90
- Thabeet headed to D-League
- Grizzlies recall Thabeet from D-League
- NBA Trade Deadline: Houston Rockets Acquire Hasheem Thabeet, Goran Dragic
- Blazers trade Marcus Camby to Rockets for Thabeet, Flynn
- "Thunder sign Hasheem Thabeet". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Hasheem Thabeet finally has an NBA game highlight video, thanks to the Bobcats, garbage time
- Thunder Acquires Trade Exception and Draft Pick
- Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet
- Sixers Waive Hasheem Thabeet
- Detroit Pistons Sign Four to Training Camp Roster
- Pistons release Thabeet, three others
- Grand Rapids DRIVE: 2014-15 Draft
- "Hasheem Thabeet Bio". uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
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