I'm here to defend the Hasheem Thabeet pick. Number #1, most of you all don't respect what Thabeet could have been nor what his skill might have done for this team, so naturally the pick seemed ludicrious because he became a bust.
Picking a defensive rim protector with a top 2 pick was seen as a dumb move regardless of if he panned out or not, and the fact that he busted made it all the worse.
But here's the crux of the issue. The grizzlies for 3 years in a row had a defensive rating of 30 out of 30, 28 out of 30 and 23 out of 30. This team had also drafted who the board thought was a superstar (OJ Mayo) the year before, there was absolutely no need to draft another shooting guard (harden), and those that say we should have drafted Curry are just playing Monday morning QB. Curry was seen as a frail player who could not defend his position, kinda like what he still is.
Thabeet, regardless of what anybody says had all of the physical attributes to be the next Deke (or Rudy Gobert, for todays nba), the guy however had absolutely no heart. He is probably the biggest P-word I've ever seen for a guy drafted that high. It was unbelievable how much lack of pride the guy had. The only guy I can compare him to is Royce White or maybe Larry Sanders.
But the move itself wasn't Heisley going against the entire world who knew better, it was a sound move. And in fact, it was probably one of the only drafts that the grizzlies have had that was graded favorable in the last 10 years.