Hasheem Thabeet (UConn)
When you play the game of basketball, it helps to be 7-foot-3 and 265 pounds. UConn center Hasheem Thabeet used his immense physical stature to lead the Big East in blocked shots during all three seasons at UConn… Although his game was still very raw, the Memphis Grizzlies fell in love with his potential, and drafted Thabeet with the 2nd-overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft. Let’s be clear — what happened with Hasheem Thabeet isn’t new.
There has been a long list of big guys who played well in college and couldn’t hack it in the NBA. But Thabeet stands out more than most because he was absolutely AWFUL in the pros. In 7 NBA seasons, Thabeet averaged an embarrassing 2.2 ppg and 2.7 rpg. To date, his biggest professional accomplishment is finishing All-Defensive Third Team for the Grand Rapids Drive (D-League).