Don’t Expect Hassan Whiteside to Join NBA’s Stretch-Center Revolution

December 18th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

MIAMI — Hassan Whiteside is no stranger to the NBA's stretch-center revolution.

With bigs following the leaguewide trend of letting it fly—16 centers have made double-digit threes on the season—the Miami Heat's 7-footer has seen the impact firsthand.

"I won't get as many blocks," Whiteside told Bleacher Report, "because I'm away from the paint."

One might assume, then, the 27-year-old could use that intel to expand his own offensive range and pull opposing shot-blockers away from the basket. To a small extent, he has, though his long-range forays have occurred away from the public eye.

"He shoots them in practice," swingman Josh Richardson said. "He hits them in practice sometimes. He doesn't shoot them when we're scrimmaging, but he'll mess around and shoot them."

The idea of that hobby becoming something more isn't entirely far-fetched.

While most know Whiteside for his above-the-rim antics at both ends, he's proved capable of burying jumpers. His 24 mid-range makes are tied for 12th among centers, and his 42.1 percent conversion rate out ...

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