Why Hasheem Thabeet's return is vital to the NBA

Updated: February 26, 2010, 3:51 PM ET
By Bomani Jones

Memphis Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet -- as predictable a bust as the NBA has ever seen -- was demoted to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League on Thursday.

Question now is, who are guys going to dunk on?

It's been years since the NBA had a top-of-the-line poster model. The retirements of Shawn Bradley and Greg Ostertag have left the NBA without a big man good enough to stay on the floor but perfectly built for getting dunked on viciously.

Thabeet looked ...

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