Grading Hasheem Thabeet’s 2013-14 season.
Professionalism: A. No complaints here. Thabeet was a true pro this year. Not once did you hear him complain about a lack of playing time or a reduced role. In the locker room, Thabeet was top notch teammate. If his situation ate at him in any way, you never would have known. He was positive, encouraging and supportive throughout the year.
Overall performance: C. Although he had a few solid showings, Thabeet simply didn’t have the same overall impact that he did last season. His reduced playing time certainly played a part, but Thabeet was worse across the board in 2013-14 and never put pressure on the coaching staff through his play to carve him out more minutes. It’s unfair to expect a ton out of Thabeet in limited minutes, many of which came in mop-up duty. But there’s no doubt that Thabeet could have done more to stand out.
Preparedness: A. Thabeet was in a tough spot this season, losing significant playing time to newbie Steven Adams. But by all accounts, Thabeet’s work ethic never faltered. He remained ready for whenever his number was called. And it showed. On multiple occasions this season, Thabeet supplied solid contributions despite drawn-out stints on the bench and uncertainty over when his efforts would be needed. In doing so, he showed coaches and management he can be counted on in emergency situations.