The Golden State Warriors reportedly hosted former UConn Huskies star Hasheem Thabeet for a workout Friday, per Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops.
Thabeet was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, starting his career with the Memphis Grizzlies. During his career, he also played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.
Though he was a standout at UConn, Thabeet didn’t have success in the NBA. Thabeet has career averages of 2.2 points per game and 2.7 rebounds in 224 total games.
Now, though, Thabeet has recently revamped his game so he can potentially fit as a modern center, per David Cobb of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Thabeet came into the league as a big who excelled at scoring down low.
But with more emphasis being placed on centers shooting from distance, he said to Cobb that he’s been working on his jumper.
The Warriors need centers, as three of their big men have suffered injuries before the season begins. Willie Cauley-Stein is out for training camp with a left foot injury, and he is expected to miss some games to begin the season, per NBC Sports Bay Area.
Kevon Looney injured his hamstring in practice last Wednesday, per The Athletic’s Anthony Slater. Looney’s injury isn’t considered to be serious, but he did miss the Warriors’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. On Friday, Slater reported that rookie Alen Smailagic is out for the “foreseeable future” with an ankle sprain.
Thabeet hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2013-14 season. But if he has developed his game, then he could potentially help solve the Warriors’ need for centers.