Oklahoma City Thunder 2013 Player Profile: Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet gets on my nerves. I promise you it’s nothing personal. He didn’t take my girl to the prom or anything like that, but my own personal fire and drive is appalled by his inability to get it together in the NBA.
At 7-foot-3, Thabeet is the tallest active player in the NBA, but you would never know it. No, I’m not talking about his anorexic stats, but about his habits on the court. First off, he is constantly getting stripped by smaller players because, despite the teachings of former University of Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, Thabeet insists on bringing the ball down around his chest and waist area when rebounding.
That’s is a major no-no for a fourth-grader, let alone an NBA player. Also, he blocks one shot a game seemingly by accident. Three blocks per game should not be asking too much with his wingspan. This dude has been in the NBA for four years. When is a project considered a waste of time? Is their a statute on such things? The native of Tanzania did not learn to play basketball until he was 15 years old, but I would argue he still doesn’t know how to play.
There were times last season when the Thunder appeared in desperate need of some kind of inside presence, especially in the postseason against the burly Memphis Grizzlies. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph were having their way with OKC, but Thabeet only averaged six minutes per game during that series.
Now, ask yourself why a coach would not sub him in? Because coach Scott Brooks clearly has little to know faith in his abilities. Unless his at least quadruples his career averages of two points and three rebounds per game this season, he shouldn’t be expecting any type of extension from anybody when his contract runs out. He simply has not earned it.
Ricardo A. Hazell is a freelance writer for Rant Sports based in New York City. You may follow him on Twitter at NikosMightyDad or add him to your network on Google Plus.