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Thabeet To D-League

In General NBA on February 25, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Scott Schroeder reports

The Memphis Grizzlies have assigned Hasheem Thabeet and Lester Hudson to the D-League’s Dakota Wizards, I’ve been told.

I don’t understand what Memphis is doing here. Hasheem Thabeet has been the Grizzlies best bench this season and has consistently been having a positive influence on games.

I don’t see any benefit for Thabeet in the D-League. The competition isn’t strong enough for him to develop there. He needs to be in the NBA playing against elite competition.

Ridiculous Upside

Ridiculous Upside (excellent blog on the D-League) has been tracking Thabeet’s performances closely. Here are links to reviews of Thabeet’s first two games:

  • Game One — link — plagued by foul trouble
  • Game Two — link — spectacular + dominant
  • Game Three — link — up and down but a good game
  • Game Four — link — bad day
  • Recapping Thabeet’s D-League Play — link

The final link recapping Thabeet’s time in the D-League includes a link to and quotes from an excellent article in the Bismarck Tribune. Some good quotes from Chris Wallace who is happy with Thabeet’s performances + feels it has beneficial for Thabeet + may consider sending him back down again before the season is over. Also a couple of quotes from Grizzlies assistant coach Mitchell Anderson who stayed with Thabeet during the assignment + from the D-League Head Coach + a teammate who were highly impressed with Thabeet’s work ethic and his coach-ability while in the D-League.

Memphis Recall Thabeet

Here is the press release

The Memphis Grizzlies recalled center Hasheem Thabeet from the Dakota Wizards, the team’s NBA Development League’s affiliate, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today.

The second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, Thabeet averaged a double-double with 13.8 points and 11.2 rebounds along with 3.17 blocks on 50.0 percent shooting in 31.3 minutes in six games (four starts) with Dakota after being assigned by the Grizzlies on Feb. 25.

The 7-3, 267-pound center, who led the Wizards to a 5-1 record, scored a D-League career-high 19 points on Feb. 28 at Fort Wayne and grabbed a personal-best 18 rebounds on March 5 at Tulsa.

Well, that stay lasted less than two weeks … I guess Memphis figured out Thabeet was their best bench player and needed him back.

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