We got Thabeet

The Thunder front office’s most recent act of Prestidigitation perplexes me somewhat. Hasheem Thabeet, whose major distinction, apart from being seven-foot-three, is being the highest draft pick (#2) ever sent to the D-League, has found his way onto the Oklahoma City roster. Clark Matthews at The Lost Ogle has opined that Sam Presti has “gambled on … big men with weak motors hoping his team can give them a tune up.”

Royce Young of Daily Thunder analyzes the situation:

Thabeet isn’t being added to play major minutes. He’s essentially moving into the Honorary Cole Aldrich Role of capping off blowouts with an obligatory dunk. But at the same time a low risk, potentially high reward talent to have on the bench.

Which means that Aldrich is now, by default, the #2 center behind Kendrick Perkins, Thabeet sliding into the #3 slot, though Scott Brooks’ enthusiasm for small-ball may limit minutes for both those guys.

My own thinking runs like this: Brooks just signed his new deal, which gets him a major raise, a long-term gig, and a whole lot more pressure. At some point during the negotiation, Brooks, while cracking a smile, may have pointed out that he is, after all, a man of infinite patience. Hasheem Thabeet may be Sam Presti’s way of testing that patience.







2 comments

  1. robohara »

    6 July 2012 · 7:06 am

    I’ve never really followed the draft and team salaries much before this year so a lot of this is new to me, but … yeah, this move is perplexing. When your headline is “4th team in 4 years,” it doesn’t sound like a great player (but it does sound like an affordable one). It kind of reminds me of all the money my wife saves us by buying crap we don’t want or need because it was cheap.

    The 2013-14 season is going to be very interesting. That’s when Harden and Ibaka’s salaries will jump up. Betwen those two and Durant/Westbrook/Perkins, all we may be able to afford are a few Thabeets to round out the bench. I’m worried about poor Nick in all of this.

  2. Friday Bolts – 7.6.12 | Daily Thunder.com »

    6 July 2012 · 11:19 am

    [...] Dustbury on Thabeet: “My own thinking runs like this: Brooks just signed his new deal, which gets him a major raise, a long-term gig, and a whole lot more pressure. At some point during the negotiation, Brooks, while cracking a smile, may have pointed out that he is, after all, a man of infinite patience. Hasheem Thabeet may be Sam Presti’s way of testing that patience.” [...]

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