Let Him Be: Why Hasheem Thabeet Should Stay in the D-League

March 9th, 2010 by A. Enslen Butler Leave a reply »
Hasheem Thabeet is back with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Remember all of that talk about letting the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft work on his game and get experience?

Well, it lasted all of six games with the Dakota Wizards.

Thabeet averaged a double-double with 13.8 points and 11.2 rebounds along with 3.17 blocks on 50 percent shooting in 31.3 minutes.

For what it was worth, Dakota went 5-1 with Thabeet in the lineup.

So why didn't the team leave him in the D-League? I would understand if there was an injury to the frontcourt. If Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph was hurt, I would understand his return.

But nothing will change. Hamed Haddadi will get the majority of the backup center minutes and Thabeet will be stapled to the bench.

I do not know the harm of leaving him in the D-League for the rest of the season. Any team that struggles to put away the New Jersey Nets at home cannot say they are a playoff team. So the Grizzlies will be improved, but in the back half of the NBA lottery.

In the D-League, he was getting minutes and getting comfortable playing with his teammates.

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