Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  27 responses

Grizzlies ‘Aggressively’ Shopping Hasheem Thabeet

Memphis is still trying to unload the big fella, reports the Commercial Appeal: “What’s the likelihood that the Griz will trade [OJ] Mayo, with nine days until the NBA’s trade deadline? The Griz don’t have any front-burner deals on the table for Mayo even though they have received calls inquiring about his availability. Although there is no evidence to suggest the Griz are actively trying to trade Mayo, the situation is fluid and could change as the deadline draws near. Second-year center Hasheem Thabeet remains the only piece Griz management is including in aggressive trade talks.”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    I’m sick and tired of every single year, hearing these draft pundits talk about how “7 footers don’t grow on trees”, “only come around every [such and such interval of time]” blah blah blah blah….you draft the best players available. I think its been well proven over the years that a good NBA big man doesn’t need to be 7 ft, doesn’t even need to be 6’10″. He just needs to have a motor, some skill, maybe some touch, and some toughness. You draft the best basketball players available. You don’t say to yourself…oh dear Greg Oden or Kevin Durant, Kevin is just soooo good but Greg is just soooo big lol, you take the best basketball player…….

  • youngmuggsy

    @TBRK- Not really fair to lump Oden in with other 7ft stiffs as he’s actually a talented, if fragile, basketball player.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    I hope Thabeet ends up in Atlanta, could be the missing piece of the puzzle if the change of scenery works.

  • elmaar

    thunder should be going after him most definately
    orlando definately have the pieces and would love thabeet backing up howard, too bad otis smith is not capable making decent trades

  • Drew

    I completely agree with The Black Rick Kamla. ALWAYS draft the best player available in the first round and then draft for need in the second round.

  • EtheKnickFan

    Send him to the knicks. Straight up for…….E. Curry Yeah we’ll take him.

  • rog23

    might sound stupid… Mayo&Thabeet for E. curry!! it works on the trade machine

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    really….yall cats in Memphis want Eddie Curry and Zach Randolph on the same team again?? so they can hit up some Memphis BBQ spots together

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    I was just thinking about this the other day. Is it just me, or do second overall picks seem to either almost always be busts or have some kind of tragedy happen to them?
    If we go back down the list starting with 1984 –
    1984 – Sam Bowie (one of the biggest busts ever)
    1985 – Wayman Tisdale (solid career, but was picked over the likes of Chris Mullin, Karl Malone and Joe Dumars)
    1986 – Len Bias (yeah, we all know how that went down, sadly)
    1987 – Armon Gilliam (so-so career, drafter before Scottie Pippen, Kevin Johnson and Reggie Miller)
    1988 – Rik Smits (so-so career)
    1989 – Danny Ferry (bust)
    1990 – Gary Payton (future Hall of Famer)
    1991 – Kenny Anderson (so-so career, never lived up to expectations)
    1992 – Alonzo Mourning (future Hall of Famer)
    1993 – Shawn Bradley (bust, human launch pad)
    1994 – Jason Kidd (future Hall of Famer)
    1995 – Antonio McDyess (so-so career, had a few monster seasons but was injury-plagued)
    1996 – Marcus Camby (tempting to label him a bust when so many others drafted after him are sure-fire future hall of famers, but I think he’s had an excellent career)
    1997 – Keith Van Horn (bust)
    1998 – Mike Bibby (decent career)
    1999 – Steve Francis (solid career, could’ve been better and longer though)
    2000 – Stromile Swift (bust)
    2001 – Tyson Chandler (so-so career, never lived up to expectations)
    2002 – Jay Williams (played one so-so season before career-ending injuries)
    2003 – Darko Milicic (bust)
    2004 – Emeka Okafor (so-so career, never lived up to expectations)
    2005 – Marvin Williams (bust…so far)
    2006 – LaMarcus Aldridge (solid career so far, getting better too)
    2007 – Kevin Durant (future hall of famer)
    2008 – Mike Beasley (didn’t live up to expectations but turning it around this year)
    2009 – Hasheem Thabeet (bust)
    2010 – Evan Turner (way too early to tell but hasn’t impressed so far)

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Intelligent GM’s ‘Aggressively’ turning their ringers off

  • http://twitter.com/smk73 SMK

    Haven’t seen “Hasheem Thabeet” and “aggressive” in the same sentence for a while.
    Also, @Enrique that’s a solid list. If I were 12, I’d make a joke about #2s having sh**ty careers.

  • cheema

    Kevin Durant: “future hall of famer”.
    U outta ur mind. He is not even the best on his team.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Awesome list Enigmatic, thanks for pulling that up.. There are alot of great #2 overalls, but probably not as many as there should be..

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @Drew you’re right man, it is a tad unfair.

  • blakos

    Thabeet to the Heat

  • dsleepy

    also noticing that a good number of the guys on Enigmatic’s list that didn’t pan out are bigs, sort of proving TBRK’s first comment. good lord shawn bradley, i think his career highlight was being in space jam

  • youngmuggsy

    @Cheema – Neither was Pippen, Parish, Stockton, Mchale, Worthy and countless other HOFers.

    *BTW I completely disagree that Westbrook is better than Durant.

  • Omar

    I would love for my Knicks to get another huge scrub besides Mozgov. Seriously, just not for The Expiring Contract Of Eddy Curry.

  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Cheema doesn’t think Durant is the best player on the Thunder but somehow I’M outta my mind? GTFO
    @SMK & BossTerry – thanks, y’all.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Not sure why, but I envision him on the Sixers.. Maybe because all those years they had Dalembert.. Thabeet would make a decent back-up for Hawes though..

  • Darren

    to be fair, dsleepy, Bradely faciliated a lot of other people’s career highlights.

  • Mp

    I think the Pacers should make a move for Thabeet. He and Hibbert to be huge in the post.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Quentin Richardson and a second rounder for Thabeet?

  • http://theurbangriot.com The NUPE

    Thabeet is can still be a servicable big. 7 footers don’t grow on trees and even when they don’t have great stats, they still impact games as by changing a lot of shots or smaller gurads and wings opting not to go inside and have to contest a 7 footer. Obviously when a 6-2 guard dunks over a 7 footer everybody talks about it, but I’d bet more plays never really happen just because that 7 footer is there. No stats to back it up, but there is a reason why GM’s, coaches and owners go out of there way fore these guys – sometimes even if another guy is better/has more athletic potential. Size is always there and is always a factor, a very good college player with upside is more of a risk than size IMO.

  • tbillz

    Ridiculous comment.

  • Tim Dogg

    Interesting list, and point definitely made, but I think it’s a little unfair to say Rick Smits and Kenny Anderson had “so-so” careers. And I would even throw McDyess in there as well. Future Hall of Famers they are not. But I don’t think any of their peers would have ever labeled those players “so-so.”

  • the heatles

    the heat shot get him. trade for one of our expiring contracts juwan howard or something even joel anthony