Numbers never tell the whole story. You can look at Hasheem Thabeet's 967 total minutes played and 187 points scored over the last two seasons and think he didn't contribute.
However, Thabeet always seemed to be having the time of his life on the bench. Always making people laugh and doing even more foolish things when his number was finally called.
The end of an era.
I know I speak for many as I am saddened by the news that the 7-foot-3 Tanzanian center will not be at the end of the bench.
Kevin Durant feels the same way. You should too.
I'm gonna miss you @HasheemTheDream! My brother for life!— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 26, 2014
Let's relive some of the most glorious moments of an era taken away from us prematurely.
Thabeet, the number two overall pick in the 2009 draft, has had only one double-double in his entire career. You guessed it, as a member of the Thunder.
People my bash Thabeet for needing 167 games in the NBA for him to record a double-double while being 7-foot-3 and a former top-5 pick, but this game was special and well worth the wait.
A lot of people were upset when James Harden was traded, but none acted on it like Thabeet. Maybe Harden owed Thabeet money from a card game or something, but Thabeet was going to let him know.
Thabeet may have not stepped on the court often, but when he did, he did his best to make sure people knew about it.
As I said above. No limits for Thabeet. I loved it.
Ok, back to actual basketball instead of Thabeet trying to fight the entire league.
This is Thabeet just absolutely working Chris Kaman. He gives Kama the jab and pump then drives to his left and nails a fadeaway. It's kind of sad because people were so high on him coming out of college because of his defense and his potential to do things like this on offense and he just never put it together in a Thunder uniform.
But he was a great teammate. I mean he did keep answering Caron Butler's calls.
Ok back to the fact that Thabeet made plays when he was on the floor.
This might be the best pass in Thunder hsitory. Only if Thabeet could have passed it to himself through Matt Bonner's legs because he undoubtedly would have dunked all over Tiago Splitter.
Ever seen a 7-foot-3 center play a passing lane like this? I didn't think so.
Ok so I'll be honest. This is how I felt today. I saw Thabeet was in the headlines for something and I was all giddy like Thabeet when he jumped the passing lane. Then when I saw he got traded to the 76ers, my emotions faceplanted. It hurt.
I always loved seeing Thabeet at the end of the bench cheering on his teammates and getting excited when KD nailed a big three or Westbrook just brought down the house with a thunderous dunk. Players like that are awesome.
By the time he got to the Thunder he was already considered a bust. Who cares. He was a whole lot of fun the last two years and a simple YouTube search solidifies that. Not every player gets to be remembered in the NBA, but in the end, Hasheem's 187 minutes brought us something special - smile on his face and ours.