Which Pick Was Worse – Hasheem Thabeet vs Greg Oden


NBA Draft week is always an exciting week. But it also serves as a time of reflection around the league. Who has nailed their previous picks and who has missed. Two prominent players who come up on every “all time busts” lists are Hasheem Thabeet and Greg Oden. The problem with both players, it’s not just that they didn’t have the necessary impact for their teams, it’s who they passed on. Three league MVPs were chosen immediately after these respective players and have had everlasting consequences to both the Grizzlies and Blazers franchises.
Hasheem Thabeet
  • #2 overall pick in 2009 draft to the Grizzlies
  • Career lasted 2009-2014
  • Played 224 games (started 20)
  • 2.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.8 bpg
  • 56.7% FG, 57% FT
  • 10.3 PER
  • Uconn starts (averaged over 3 years)  – 10.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg
  • Also played for the Rockets, Blazers, Thunder
2009 NBA Draft: Clippers chose Blake Griffin #1 and Grizzlies chose Thabeet 2. Grizzlies could have had James Harden (#3) or Steph Curry (#7). Harden is expected to win MVP in 2018 and Steph Curry won the award twice and a three-time NBA champion
Greg Oden 
  • #1 overall pick in 2007
  • Career lasted 2008-2014
  • Played 105 games (started 66)
  • Missed his rookie season in 2007-08 and missed 3 full seasons from 2010-2013
  • Attempted comeback with Heat in 2013-14 but was cut short
  • 8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.2 bpg
  • 57.4 %FG,
  • 18.7 career PER
  • Ohio State career – 1 season averae 15.7 ppg, 9.6 rpg
2007 NBA Draft: Portland chose Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. Durant has been to three NBA finals, won 2 titles, 2x NBA finals MVP, league MVP 2014, 9x all star

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