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Is Hasheem Thabeet a Better Pick Than Blake Griffin?

Yes, I said it. Hasheem Thabeet may be a better pick than Blake Griffin. In the case of Minnesota and Oklahoma City, where they already have an established PF (Kevin Love and Jeff Green respectfully), this is especially true. The 7'3" Thabeet has averaged a double-double this year at UCONN, a team which had two players averaging 10+ rebounds per game. While Hasheem Thabeet may not be the scoring threat that many expect Griffin to be, he is more of a defensive presence. Thabeet also has a better field goal percentage than Griffin (64.3 to 64.7 in Thabeet's favor). This may not look like a big difference on paper, but Thabeet's reliability in the paint is something many professional teams can lean on. Sure, Hasheem Thabeet is averaging three fewer rebounds per game than Griffin, but Thabeet easily has the advantage when it comes to blocks. Hasheem Thabeet has over 100 blocks, compared to a mere 41 for Blake Griffin. Where Blake Griffin's strength lies in scoring and rebound, Hasheem Thabeet's strengths are in defense and shot changing. Thabeet is a rare combination of height and strength that can easily translate to the NBA. He will not put up stellar offensive numbers, but this shouldn't be what his future team looks at. Most lottery teams are bottom feeders for a reason. They cannot slow down the NBA's higher scoring teams, and they can't make critical defensive stops at the end of close games. Thabeet's presence will be felt when a two guard tries to drive the lane in the closing moments, only to see his shot swatted away by "The Beet". Thabeet is the shot-changing presence that any lottery team needs to make the next step. Hasheem Thabeet hasn't received the praise that he deserves this year. Blake Griffin is a great college player, but Thabeet has the potential, and ability, to be a standout NBA player. All stats from foxsports.com

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No Durant, No Green, No Problem!

Some thought that without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City would drop off the face of the planet. That was wrong. Others figured OKC might close ...

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No Durant, No Green, No Chance Against Dallas, Right? Not Exactly In OKC ...

With Kevin Durant and Jeff Green sidelined with injuries as well as having only nine available bodies to suit up, not much thought was given to the Oklahoma ...

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Short-Handed Thunder Shock Mavericks

Despite playing without their two top scorers, Kevin Durant and Jeff Green, the Thunder beat the playoff-bound Dallas ...

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Thunder snap seven-game skid despite Durant's absence

Jeff Green had 27 points and 10 rebounds, Russell Westbrook added 25 points and the Oklahoma City ...

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Arena Link: Jeff Green

Jeff Green joins NBATV via Arena Link after he netted 27 points to lead the Thunder past the Grizzlies.

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