Kevin Durant could be teaming up again with a former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder. According to latest NBA rumors, Hasheem Thabeet, once a top prospect from his rookie draft, is set to try out for various team in an attempt to make an NBA comeback.
Kevin Durant and Hasheem Thabeet were teammates in Oklahoma City. Thabeet is listed at 7-foot-3, 263-pounds and played for the Thunder from 2012 to 2014. He was selected as the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He was a promising prospect that was known for his rebounding and shot-blocking but he never panned out for the Grizzlies and other teams he played for in the NBA.
Thabeet also had stints with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers and two teams in the NBA Developmental League (NBADL). But the big man never showed his potential from his draft position and is widely considered one of the worst NBA busts in recent memory.
NBA bust Hasheem Thabeet wants one more shot
“Hasheem knows that no one feels sorry for him, so he’s not feeling sorry for himself. He’s one of the hardest workers and by far one of the best people that I know. He’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had,” Durant vouched for Thabeet in a recent theundefeated.com article.
“He’ll get a shot again. He’s being patient. Rim protectors always come back around. He’ll get a shot.”
The Warriors are one of the strongest teams in the league this season but they could add another big man in their rotation if Thabeet can prove that he still has the skills to play in the NBA. Thabeet could add value for the Warriors, which needs help in the rebounding and rim protection department.
In his rookie year for the Grizzlies, Hasheem Thabeet averaged 3.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
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