Hasheem Thabeet

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Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet cropped.jpg
Thabeet in 2010
Free agent
Position Center
Personal information
Born (1987-02-16) 16 February 1987 (age 29)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school Cypress Christian School
(Houston, Texas)
College Connecticut (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing 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
2014–2015 Grand Rapids Drive (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987)[1] is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who last played for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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 but knew little English.[2] He played high school basketball at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas where he graduated in 2006.

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.

Professional 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 February 25, 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League,[9] becoming the tallest and then-highest drafted player (surpassed by Anthony Bennett in 2015, the first overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft) to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.[10]

Houston Rockets[edit]

On February 24, 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 March 15, 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 July 11, 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 the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a trade exception and a 2015 protected second round draft pick.[15][16] On September 1, 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.[17]

Detroit Pistons[edit]

On September 25, 2014, Thabeet signed with the Detroit Pistons.[18] However, he was later waived by the Pistons on October 20, 2014.[19]

Grand Rapids Drive[edit]

On November 1, 2014, Thabeet was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pistons.[20] In 49 games for the Drive, he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

In July 2015, Thabeet joined the NBA D-League Select Team for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[21]

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.[22] Thabeet is Muslim and fasts during Ramadan.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hasheem Thabeet NBA & ABA Stats". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Biggest Man on Campus – Tanzanian freshman tallest ever at UConn". SI.com. 18 July 2006. Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. Retrieved 29 October 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Hasheem Thabeet Stats
  4. ^ Thabeet’s record 10 blocks key UConn’s big win – College basketball – MSNBC.com Archived 2 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Notre Dame 73, Connecticut 67
  6. ^ Huskies stake claim to top spot with demolition of Friars
  7. ^ Blair, Thabeet share Big East award
  8. ^ Rudy Gay scores 41 as Grizzlies beat Heat 118–90
  9. ^ Thabeet headed to D-League
  10. ^ Grizzlies recall Thabeet from D-League
  11. ^ NBA Trade Deadline: Houston Rockets Acquire Hasheem Thabeet, Goran Dragic
  12. ^ Blazers trade Marcus Camby to Rockets for Thabeet, Flynn
  13. ^ "Thunder sign Hasheem Thabeet". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Hasheem Thabeet finally has an NBA game highlight video, thanks to the Bobcats, garbage time
  15. ^ Thunder Acquires Trade Exception and Draft Pick
  16. ^ Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet
  17. ^ Sixers Waive Hasheem Thabeet
  18. ^ Detroit Pistons Sign Four to Training Camp Roster
  19. ^ Pistons release Thabeet, three others
  20. ^ Grand Rapids DRIVE: 2014-15 Draft
  21. ^ Meet the 2015 NBA Development Select Team
  22. ^ "Hasheem Thabeet Bio". uconnhuskies.com. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Hynes, Calder (January 19, 2011). "Hornets.com 1-on-1: Memphis' Hasheem Thabeet". NBA.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 

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