Being the most intriguing acquisition today, I figured I would do a little research on Thabeet coming out of college since his NBA resume is so thin -
I found this part a bit disturbing:
"The most evident thing to come out of this game was how much Thabeet dislikes contact around the basket. He was knocked to the floor a good 12-15 times by the much more physical (yet extremely undersized) Spartans, and looked extremely frustrated in turn. His extreme lack of balance has never looked more obvious, as he looked about as clumsy as he has since his freshman year with the amount of time he spent laying on the ground. "
Here is another scouting report:
Strengths: For his immense size, Thabeet is an above average runner of the court Does a great job of getting initial post position by using his body wide and sealing off his defender Has soft hands. Rarely does he bobble passes and catches with few problems no matter the distance or speed of the pass Shot blocking skills are top shelf His explosiveness: getting off the floor quickly is mind blowing for a player his size ... Physically he has all the tools needed to continue with his long arms and first-rate timing Unlike many young players he has learned to be a very patient shot blocker that rarely bites on pump fakes Has yet to even scratch the surface of his vast potential Although still learning the game, he doesnt have a lot of bad habits Very coachable in that whatever flaws he has in his game can be easily corrected Shows solid outlet passing ability which is rare for a player with his level of experience Although his post moves are unrefined, Thabeet has shown reasonably good touch Above average defensive rebounder Shows decent upper body strength, which should greatly improve and great athleticism for his size
Weaknesses: Offensively Thabeet remains raw and undeveloped Struggles to maintain his position in the post where he tends to get rooted out by smaller players Although as mentioned above he is an above average runner on the court he still could improve his foot speed Like many players his age, Thabeets post footwork is a work in progress although to his credit it has improved since his breakout Global Games performance Should continue to learn how to block out more aggressively when working for the offensive rebound Movements are a bit mechanical but this doesnt seem to affect his coordination right now Free throw shooting is below average, however he does show good form and confidence with repetition he should become solid before the season is over Back to the basket skills are in need of improvement Not much of a face-up player Offensive court awareness is evolving but still is a few steps behind. This is evident when he is finishing around the basket as he loses where he is in relation to the basket or rushes his shot