Hashim Thabeet heads to Taiwan Basketball League

13Jan 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
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Hashim Thabeet heads to Taiwan Basketball League

TANZANIAN basketball player, Hashim Thabeet, has found home in the Taiwan P.League+ Basketball Championship, in which he is turning out for Hsinchu Lioneers.

Hsinchu Lioneers's Hashim Thabeet (R) takes part in a past Taiwan P.League+ Basketball Championship's duel. AGENCIES

Thabeet had joined the outfit this season from the USA's Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

The center previously turned out for USA National Basketball Association (NBA) League clubs, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers.

He is spending his first ever tenure in Taiwan for the first time in his professional career.

He garnered interest from multiple clubs in Europe and Asia in recent months, ultimately choosing the Hsinchu Lioneers for a larger playing role.

Prior to signing in Taiwan, Thabeet signed a contract in the NBA Development League, G League, last fall and was drafted in the first round by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA League's Indiana Pacers’ G League affiliate.

The team concentrated on playing a small-ball brand of basketball in the weeks that followed, ultimately leading to Thabeet’s camp asking for a release.

The Former NBA No.2 overall pick has developed his game such that he is a regular player as the starter for Hsinchu Lioneers in this current P League+ season.

He has upgraded his game offensive wise and mostly defensive by protecting the rim and blocking shots attempted by opponents.

In addition to being an effective rim-protector, Thabeet has improved offensively and is known for his leadership.

The USA's NBA League's Brooklyn Nets' superstar Kevin Durant has previously stated that Thabeet was one of the best teammates he has ever had.

The towering Thabeet last appeared in an NBA League game during the 2013/14 season when he and Durant were turning out for Oklahoma City Thunder...read more on https://epaper.ippmedia.com