Hassan Whiteside Will Be Test Case in NBA’s New Age of Rotations

September 1st, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is a monster, but he's not the kind that scares everyone equally.

So if you thought the Heat were going to reward him for his breakout season with more minutes and a bigger role, think again.

Heat assistant Dan Craig said Whiteside—last year's out-of-nowhere shot-gobbling, paint-stalking Reboundasaurus Rex—will be more of a situational player in the upcoming season, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: "You might see his minutes jump up when we're playing Andre Drummond or DeAndre Jordan. But if we're playing a team that likes to play small ball, you'll probably see his minutes around 20 or 25."

The Heat aren't taking the training wheels off a guy who blocked a dozen shots (in a triple-double performance) on Jan. 25, grabbed 25 rebounds on March 4 and shot 62.8 percent from the field in 23.8 minutes per game last year.

Just look at this guy:

And you know what? Despite all that length, all those numbers and how flat-out crazy it sounds, we shouldn't be surprised by how the Heat are playing this.

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