Hassan Whiteside has created triple-doubles with blocks since college at Marshall University. He was only there for a year, yet lead the NCAA in blocks and put up three triple-doubles with Points, rebounds, and blocks. Getting a triple-double in college is difficult enough but to do it with blocks is special.
Whiteside left college after one year in 2010 and then faced a difficult path into the NBA. Whiteside bounced around from team to team before finding a home in Miami, a little later Whiteside found himself apart of the rotation and started producing. Once Whiteside became a starter, Miami knew they had found a diamond in the rough. A 25-year-old, seven-foot center, that is strong with long arms and with excellent awareness for the ball is what every team wants. Whiteside was back to shutting down the paint, blocking shots and retrieving rebounds and scoring efficiently on the other side of the floor.
When it came time for free agency there were several teams that were pursuing the seven-footer, but Miami ultimately won him over with a 98 million dollar contract over four years. Whiteside went from making 980,000 to 98 million and has shown that he is worthy of the big raise. Last season Whiteside averaged 17 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks and those numbers are more likely to increase this season as Whiteside’s opening game he put 26 points with 22 rebounds.
Whiteside’s personality shines on anyone around him, it brightens the team, yet at times it gets him in trouble. Whiteside has a record of letting his emotions get the best of him in pressure situations and reacting poorly. Hopefully this season Whiteside will control himself and let it out in play.
Whiteside has been in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year as of late but has come up short. This year will be difficult to judge because Whiteside will either gain a bigger role in the offensive game or focus his game towards shutting down opponents and finally claim the award he feels he deserves.
This will be a fun season for Miami Heat fans as the Heat are looking young, but promising, with players finding their roles and continuing to develop. Whiteside has developed into one of the most feared defensive players as he led the league in blocks per game. With a growing role in the offense, Whiteside is looking to gain the respect he deserves.
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