It appears as though this year’s edition of NBA All-Star Weekend has drawn much more than just the top players from around the league. With at least one unexpected face currently in attendance in Charlotte, North Carolina, former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet was recently seen working out in front of representatives from the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons.
The former University of Connecticut standout has not suited up at the NBA level since all the way back in 2013-14.
Former #NBA C Hasheem Thabeet is in #Charlotte working out in front of representatives from the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons. The teams are here for the #NBAALLSTAR2019.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 16, 2019
The 32-year-old center was originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft out of UConn. Not that his rookie season was anything to write home about, Thabeet would immediately encounter what would ultimately become his best single-season effort at the NBA level.
Appearing in 68 regular season games en route to making 13 starts for the Grizzlies in 2009-10, Thabeet averaged a single-season career-high 3.1 points alongside 3.6 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 0.2 assists across an even 13 minutes per outing. For his NBA career as a whole, he averaged 2.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 0.1 assists over the course of a mere 10.5 minutes per game. Suiting up for the Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers and Oklahoma City Thunder in addition to the Grizzlies, Thabeet has appeared in 224 career regular season games as a NBA center, starting just 20 of those contests.
Standing at 7’3″ while weighing well over 250 pounds, it remains to be seen as to whether or not one of the aforementioned franchises gives Thabeet another shot at glory.