The Charlotte Bobcats are off to their best start in franchise history but on Monday night against the Thunder they look like the Faith Baptist team that Jack Taylor “scored” 138 pathetic points against. The Thunder won by 45 and the Jack Taylor of the game wasn’t Sniper Jones or Westbrook but former #2 pick Hasheem Thabeet. On his 4th team in his 4th season, the 7’3 Thabeet recorded his first career double double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. That’s right, first career triple double after 148 games and 1562 minutes!
It’s no secret that Thabeet is a bust and bust might be an understatement but he’s found a home in OKC and is hitting a mind boggling 83% of his shots and has hit double figure scoring 3 times this year in 13 games. Those apples aren’t going to impress anybody or cause him to become a fantasy pick up but for what the Thunder need out of him he’s doing a decent job because it’s not like they drafted him in the top 3 of the 2009 NBA draft and traded him…oh wait that’s what they did with the pick after Thabeet.
Just for fun, I looked up how many games it took for other “big man busts” to get a double double.
- Kwame Brown: 13 games
- Darko Millic: 164 games
- Rafael Araujo: The 8th pick of the 2004 NBA draft never had a double double in his 3 seasons in the NBA