Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Hasheem Thabeet was drafted second by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2009 draft—behind Blake Griffin but before James Harden and Ricky Rubio.
Thabeet looked to be that rare blend of size and athleticism, but he struggled on both ends of the court and was quickly moved out of Memphis.
He bounced around, going to the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers before signing a free-agent deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason.
Thabeet steps into the backup center role, and I think he'll emerge this year. He goes to a proven team that only needs him to make an impact on defense and won't ask for much more than that.
Playing behind Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka will be a huge plus, as he can really polish his offensive game while learning defense from two of the better defensive big men in the league.
The Thunder hope that he can harness the raw talent that made him so enticing to NBA scouts.