Hasheem Thabeet
Thabeet during a Thunder game.
Philadelphia 76ers
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born December 16, 1987 (1987-12-16) (age 32)
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Nationality Tanzanian
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 263 lbs (119 kg)
Career information
College Connecticut
NBA Draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Pro career 2009-present (11 years)
Career history
2006-2009 Connecticut Huskies
2009-2011 Memphis Grizzlies
2009–2010 Dakota Wizards
(assigned to D-League)
2011-2012 Houston Rockets
2011 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
(assigned to D-League)
2012 Portland Trail Blazers
2012-2014 Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× NABC Defensive Player
    of the Year (2008, 2009)
  • Big East Co-Player of the Year (2009)

Hasheem Thabeet (bornHashim Thabit Manka on December 16, 1987) is a Tanzanian professional basketball player currently signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. Thabeet was drafted 2nd overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies out of Connecticut.

University of Connecticut


As a freshman, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game.[1] On December 3, 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record with 10 blocks.[2] Thabeet was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team, along with fellow teammate Jerome Dyson.


As a sophomore he saw increased minutes and he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season.[1] On January 5, 2008, he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies' 73-67 loss at University of Notre Dame.[3] Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the Second Team All Big East Also he was named as National Defensive Player Of The Year by the Coaches Association, NABC. [4]


As a junior at UConn, Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. He earned his first career triple-double against Providence on January 31, 2009, with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.[5] He finished with 152 blocks on the season, and he is also known for the shots he prevents from ever being taken.

He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt's DeJuan Blair.[6] He was also named Second Team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.

Thabeet surpassed the 1,000 point mark against Purdue on March 26, 2009. He was the 3rd UConn player that season to do so (Jerome Dyson and AJ Price were the others).

Thabeet decided to forgo his senior season and declare for the 2009 NBA Draft on April 14th, 2009


Thabeet, a Muslim, is the son of Thabit Manka and Rukia Manka. His mother, Rukia, resides in Dar es Salaam. He has one sister, Sham, and one brother, William.

After Thabeet's father died, Thabeet removed his last name and took his middle name as his last. Before attending UConn, Hasheem attended the Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas, where he averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks per game. Thabeet helped lead UConn to their first final four appearance since 2004.



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