Hassan Whiteside’s rise to stardom is not a fairy tale, rather it reflects character. He was often ignored by the franchises earlier. Now Whiteside, a very important player for the Miami Heat, shares a piece of his mind.
Whiteside is the first man in the league to have registered 250 blocks and shoot 60% in a single season since Kareen Abdul Jabbar achieved this feat.
Whiteside is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and will earn big bucks for the first time in his NBA career.
And teams which have earlier ignored him gets another chance to rectify their mistake in this summer. In addition to achieving stardom in the league, the center has also earned the right to a big money contract.
Hassan Whiteside, on all the teams that cut him or passed up a chance to sign him: "They know. They know they messed up."
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) April 14, 2016
Since becoming a regular in the Miami Heat starting-up, Whiteside has averaged 13.3 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game.
But one needs to read the long travail to discover Hassan Whiteside’s mettle . A man who was once a second round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA draft, was transferred to its D-League affiliate Reno Bighorns for the next two seasons.
After being waived by the Kings, the center joined D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce and Rio Grande Valley Vipers, then went overseas to play for Amchit Club (Lebanon), Sichuan Blue Whales (China), Al Mouttahed Tripoli (Lebanon), and Jiangsu Tongxi (China).
On his return to US, Whiteside once more played for D-League affiliates before finally being recruited by the Miami Heat.
And now, he’s been shortlisted as the best center of the NBA, after putting up an incredible show in 2015-16 season.
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