First things first, if you want a player to play at his utmost ability, he needs to be selected by a team that fits his style of game.
Whether it is the simple run-and-gun system of offensive play that head coach Mike D'Antoni teaches, or the insanely brilliant coaching of Rick Adelman that literally bases the team's style of play around the strengths of his players—a player needs to fit into the system that he can excel in the absolute most.
Just think about players like Chris Duhon and Hedo Turkoglu; Duhon posted career numbers in D'Antoni's style of play, after playing his first three seasons with the Chicago Bulls, while Turkoglu became basically an All-Star, after only two years under Stan Van Gundy's teaching (playing mediocre basketball in six other seasons prior to that).
Needless to say, in this years draft, a player like Hasheem Thabeet should be selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder because he can immediately become the starting center, playing in a fast paced style of offense, (which he is used to) and getting the quick experience needed to emerge as a consistent player in the league.
The Thunder would learn to use him for his exceptional shot blocking skills, rebounding, and hopefully improved offense in the years to come.