Miami Heat Face Looming Decision on Hassan Whiteside in 2016 NBA Free Agency

January 13th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

MIAMI — Last season, the Miami Heat uncovered the rarest of NBA finds—a clearance-priced, mobile 7-footer.

But Hassan Whiteside's value has exponentially exploded since, and his days in the bargain bin will come to a close this coming offseason.

As the league's leading shot-blocker—3.8 per game, the highest such average in more than a decade—and one of only eight centers averaging a double-double, the 26-year-old will be at least a max-contract candidate when he hits the open market this summer.

Heat brass have witnessed his wild rise from NBA vagabond to potential All-Star firsthand, but nobody can be certain what he's worth to the franchise.


Individually Brilliant, But Collectively Underwhelming So many numbers suggest Whiteside is a top-shelf stud in the making. He's posted a 24.6 player efficiency rating over this season and last. That's the ninth-best mark in the NBA (minimum 20 minutes per contest).

"He is going out to dominate every game," Dwyane Wade said. "He wants to be the best big man on the floor every night. He is putting together a ...

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