Memphis Grizzlies Struck Out By Drafting Hasheem Thabeet No. 2 in 2009 NBA Draft

Zeeshan KhanContributor IIOctober 14, 2010

PHOENIX - NOVEMBER 25:  Hasheem Thabeet #34 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots a free throw shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on November 25, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Grizzlies 126-111.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The 2009 NBA Draft was one with tremendous depth. Players like DeJuan Blair were taken in the second round. It was the one of the best drafts in recent memory.

However, through all this, the Memphis Grizzlies still managed to screw up.

The Memphis Grizzlies came into the draft with the second overall pick. They already had a great starting lineup with the only weakness being the point guard spot.

They took Hasheem Thabeet thinking that he could be their center for the future. He ended up in the D-League a few months later.

Ironically enough, the best players of this draft are all point guards. The Memphis Grizzlies could have taken Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry, Brandon Jennings, Darren Collison, Rodrique Beaubois, Johnny Flynn, Jrue Holiday or Ty Lawson.

They basically could choose which guy would fit their lineup best. Mike Conley is a solid point guard, but most of the players I just mentioned have already become more recognizable in the league.

Tyreke Evans had a rookie season comparable to that of Michael Jordan or LeBron James.

Stephen Curry has become the face of the Golden State Warriors.

Brandon Jennings led the Milwaukee Bucks back to the playoffs and took the Hawks to seven games.

Darren Collison put up all-star numbers when Chris Paul was out.

If you put any of those players onto the Memphis Grizzlies squad, they would arguably have been a playoff team in the West.

They still competed very hard and would have been the most improved team in the league had it not been for the Oklahoma City Thunder. If they had drafted the right player, they might be the darlings of the NBA right now instead of the OKC Thunder.

The opportunity to get a point guard of these guys caliber seems very bleak right now, especially with an owner like Michael Heisley. The Xavier Henry fiasco might not even have occurred if they had drafted properly a season ago.

Paying Hasheem Thabeet to play in the D-League was really annoying for the owner which is why he didn't want to guarantee money to this year's first-round picks.