Average Athlete of the Week: Hasheem Thabeet

With April upon us and March Madness coming to an end, the basketball season is steadily winding down as well. Now we turn our TV’s from the hustle and excitement of the NCAA to the potentially fixed, and slower paced NBA.

To be real, I was tight that UConn won. Even though Kevin Ollie is a swag champion, I still cheer whenever they lose. I better watch what’s being published because I’d hate to catch a bitch slap from that guy… I’m sure Terrence Samuel agrees.

In the spirit of UConn basketball, I wanted to highlight one of my favorite Huskies’ player of all time. The 7’3” Tanzanian Terror, Hasheem Thabeet.

Not only was he the tallest player in UConn history, but was also a one-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year and Big East Co-Player of the Year ending his career with over 1,000 points and being drafted number two overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Now this is where it gets fun. My man absolutely tore it up in college, and at 7’3” you’d expect him to do so, right? Upon entering the NBA, bad luck and lack of skill has kept Hasheem limited in the stats category. In five seasons, Thabeet has put up 483 total points and averaged 2.3 points per game. At over seven foot, he’s only averaged .9 blocks per game…YIKES.

But you know what? It’s all good because my man made $1.2 million last year, and was being confused for 2Chainz at the National Championship Game. Here’s to Hasheem Thabeet upgrading his game and needing a giraffe to count his stacks of cash in the future.

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