I know the Grizzlies were drafting for potential, but if you really think about it, that is a horrible draft pick...Watching Thabeet you see how completely raw he is, he makes Dwight Howard look like Kevin McHale in the post.....Its almosts like the Grizzlies said 2 overall get the 7 footer....I would say his chance of success is no greater than 50 percent in the NBA, that is horrible for your #2 overall franchise player
Almost everyone said he would easily be the biggest bust of the 09 draft. Still very early, but things don't look too promising for him right now.
Being drafted #2 is going to be hard for him to live up to, I still have faith that he will be at the least a pretty solid shot blocker/rebounder. I bet by the end of the season he will at least be averaging 4, 4, and 1. I think somewhere in the 9-14 range would have been a better spot for him to be drafted, but Memphis knew what they were getting into when they drafted him. I think he will be better than DeSagana Diop at his best in Dallas, but nowhere close to the next Mutumbo. Maybe somewhere in the Mark Eaton range, probably without blocking 5.6 shots per game for a season, lol, that is UNREAL!
side note - people on this site were in love with thabeet...and I couldn't for the life of me figure out why. What was so special about him? People were simply just going off what they heard....DEFENSIVE CENTER....NEXT MUTUMBO...OMG CAN'T PASS THAT UP....and probably had never seen him play a game.
I was pushing for rubio. Looks like neither would have helped the grizzlies this year.
also, plenty of people here were recommending trading conely for a PF.... I could have lived with that. They said if you do this, draft evans and start him at SG, slide mayo to PG.... man that would've been a young strong backcourt....
I think he will be a solid player, but that will take a long time. Memphis should have drafted Jennings. It is not like they have a logjam at pg, they have better centers. Thabeet is a great shot blocker, and doesn't foul often because he never leaves his feet too early, but other than that he is very raw. He also struggles to rebound. I think he may be an average NBA center at his best (which is quite a few years away) if he improves a lot.
I dont mind the pick because it was mad for the future. They also picked up two solid player later on in the draft. Point guard was not that strong of a need for them and also next year they may get Wall to put next to Mayo.
He's a project Grizzlies probably knew that and its going to take a few years.
Still not sure why they didn't draft Rubio and trade him for a player and future pick. They also could've traded down with a bunch of teams and taken one of the many other pg's. They probably need a vet presence with all the young guys but no reason for not beating out the Twolves, Warriors, Clippers and Kings.
Since when do teams draft projects with the #2 overall? Top 3 should never be projects imo..Those are the guys that teams believe will/can have an immediate impact along with consistently getting better
If they are better right away or in a couple of years most teams drafting that high aren't going to be in contention for a few years anyway. If Memphis felt Thabeet was going to be an immediate impact player why did they trade for Zack Randolph when they already had Gasol, McArthur, Haddaddi, Steven Hunder. There are some teams that pick a guy and know he's going to take some time to develop.
I like Thabeet the problem was Marc Gasol kept him on the bench by playing so good but when he got out there he played some solid defense yeah his offense is pretty bad but every one knew that coming in. I think if they give him some time he will be alright he will be a solid center in this league.