Hasheem Thabeet (born Hashim Thabit Manka on 16 February 1987) is a Tanzanian professional basketball player who last played for the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Connecticut before being drafted second overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Thabeet was selected with the second overall pick in 2009 NBA draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the first Tanzanian-born NBA player. On 13 December 2009, he had a season-high five blocks.
On February 25, 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, becoming the highest ever drafted player to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.
On November 1, 2014, Thabeet was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pistons. In 49 games for the Drive, he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
In July 2015, Thabeet joined the NBA D-League Select Team for the 2015 NBA Summer League.
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Career highlights and awards
NBA D-League All-Defensive Third Team (2015)
2× NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2008–2009)
Consensus second-team All-American (2009)
Big East co-Player of the Year (2009)