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Report: Former No. 2 pick Hasheem Thabeet eyeing NBA comeback

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The 2009 draft class brought us plenty of superstars, but Hasheem Thabeet was not one of them.

However, his status as second overall pick would lead you to believe he should have been.

The former center, who stands at a whopping 7'3" was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies as the second overall pick ahead of the likes of DeMar DeRozan, James Harden and even current back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry.

Blake Griffin was the only man to get drafted ahead of him; Tyreke Evans, DeMarre Carroll, Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague and Ricky Rubio all fell beneath him.

The Tanzanian-born pivot bounced around six different rosters in his five short years in the league and averaged a frankly appalling 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The last the 29-year-old was seen, he was playing for the Grand Rapids Drive D-League outfit in 2014-15, and he wasn't doing very well there either.

BASKET-NBA-LAKERS-THUNDER

Now, Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times is reporting that Thabeet is targeting a comeback.

NBA execs will look at his size and think he could be a useful and cost-effective solution to for their roster, but if he failed to excel in the league back then - surrounded by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook during his two years with the Thunder - the omens are not good.

After all, with small-ball taking over the NBA, big men have never had to try harder to be effective. It will be interesting to see who takes a plunge on the big man.

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