Be Like Greg: Memphis Sees Hasheem Thabeet’s Future in Oden

November 11th, 2009 by A. Enslen Butler Leave a reply »
Memphis fans saw why Greg Oden was the first overall pick in the 2007 Draft.

He roamed the paint at FedEx Forum in the second half and was the difference maker in the paint. Oden had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the second half, and jump-started the Blazers' 14-1 run in the third quarter. Portland went on to cruise to a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, 93-79 Tuesday night.

"The big fellow, Greg Oden, had a nice little stretch there where they were going inside and they were scoring, and he made a couple of nice passes," Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said after the game.

When the Grizzlies organization saw that performance, you know the team thought of their young big man, Hasheem Thabeet. In a perfect world, they want Hollins (or a future Grizzlies coach) to say the same thing about him.

However, Memphis' second-overall pick from the 2009 draft is more project than prodigy today.

Eventually, they see Thabeet impacting the game the same way Oden impacted Tuesday's game.

And you can see the similarities. Both drafted more as a defender than a scorer. Both picked on potential more than production.

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