The 25 Biggest Foreign Busts in NBA Draft History

5. Hasheem Thabeet

CountryTanzania
Drafted2nd Overall, 2009
TeamGrizzlies
Stats2.2 PPG 2.7 RPG 0.1 APG 0.9 BPG
Seasons Played: 3
Thabeet had a strong career at UConn, but he was raw offensively with no legitimate post game. That didn’t stop the Grizzlies from picking him second in 2009. With a nucleus of Rudy Gay, O.J. Mayo, and Marc Gasol, the team thought Thabeet would be a shot-blocking enforcer in the middle. Well, he wasn’t. He couldn’t find playing time and has spent time in the D-League. Not only did they draft a terrible player, but the Grizz also passed on several players that would have fit well in Ricky Rubio and James Harden. Would they be better than the Thunder now if they hadn’t blown the second pick just three years ago? 

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