No. 2 pick Thabeet headed to D-League

Memphis Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet(notes), the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, is headed to the Development League.

Thabeet has been optioned to the Dakota Wizards, said Bill Duffy, Thabeet’s agent. He will be the highest draft pick ever to go to the D-League.

Thabeet has played sparingly in his rookie season, averaging 2.5 points in 10.3 minutes over 50 games. He recently lost his place in the Grizzlies’ rotation to second-year center Hamed Haddadi(notes).

Thabeet is expected to make his D-League debut on Friday when Dakota plays Erie.

Duffy supported the decision. The Dakota Wizards are the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate.

“I think he needs to play,” Duffy said.