Hasheem Thabeet Biograpy

Hasheem Thabeet (Hashim Thabit Manka) was born  on 16th February 1987 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is a  Tanzanian professional basketball player who is the first Tanzanian-born NBA player. He plays for the Yokohama B-Corsairs of the Japanese B.League.


  • He is 2.21 m (7ft 3inches)

Hasheem Thabeet Career

At the age of 15 Hasheem Thabeet began playing basketball. When first recruited from Tanzania, Thabeet was fluent in Swahili but knew little English. He played high school basketball at Cypress Christian School in Houston, Texas where he graduated in 2006.

In 2006 until 2007 (freshman) Hasheem Thabeet played for the Connecticut Huskies, he averaged 6.2 points and 3.8 blocks per game.On 3 December 2006, Thabeet tied a UConn record for blocks in a game with 10. He was named to the 2007 All-Big East Rookie Team.

2007 to 2008 as a sophomore he averaged 10.5 points, 7.9 rebounds, 4.5 blocks on the season.On 5th January 2008 he tied his career high in blocks with 10 in the Huskies’ 73–67 loss at University of Notre Dame. Thabeet was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-Big East second team.

2008 to 2009 as a junior Hasheem Thabeet emerged on the national scene, averaging 13.6 points and 10.8 rebounds. On 31st January 2009 he earned his first career triple-double against Providence College with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks.He finished with 152 blocks on the season. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was co-Big East Player of the Year with Pitt’s DeJuan Blair.He was named second team All-America and National Defensive Player of the Year.

On 26th March 2009 he surpassed the 1,000-point mark against Purdue, he was the third third UConn player that season to do so. He helped lead UConn to their first Final Four appearance since 2004.

In April 2009, Hasheem Thabeet declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.He was selected with the second overall pick by the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the first Tanzanian-born NBA player. On 13 December 2009, he had a season-high five blocks.

On 25 February 2010, he was assigned to the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League, becoming the tallest and then-highest drafted player to be sent to the D-League. On 8 March 2010, he was recalled by the Grizzlies.

On 24 February 2011, Hasheem Thabeet was traded, along with a future first round pick, to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Shane Battier and Ish Smith. On 21 March 2011, he was assigned with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. On 11 April 2011, he was recalled by the Rockets.

On 15 March 2012, Hasheem Thabeet was traded, along with Jonny Flynn and a future second round pick, to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Marcus Camby.

On 11 July 2012, Hasheem Thabeet signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. On 26 November 2012, in a 114–69 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, Thabeet recorded his first career double-double with 13 points (a career high) and 10 rebounds.

On 26 August 2014, Hasheem Thabeet was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a trade exception and a 2015 protected second round draft pick. On 1 September 2014, he was waived by the 76ers.

On 25 September 2014, Hasheem Thabeet signed with the Detroit Pistons.However, he was later waived by the Pistons on 20 October 2014.

On 1 November 2014, Hasheem Thabeet was acquired by the Grand Rapids Drive of the NBA Development League as an affiliate player of the Pistons.In 49 games for the Drive, he averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

In July 2015, Hasheem Thabeet joined the NBA D-League Select Team for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On 29 September 2017, Thabeet signed with Yokohama B-Corsairs of the Japanese B.League.

Hasheem Thabeet Family

Hasheem Thabeet parents are Rukia Manka and the late Thabit Manka. He has one sister, Sham Manka, and one brother, Akbar Manka


Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet