The Growing Legend of Hassan Whiteside

February 10th, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Embracing the legend of Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside requires a willing suspension of disbelief.

Players of his ilk are rarely seen at any level, NBA included. Guys with this combination of size (7'0", 265 lbs), length (7'7" wingspan, per DraftExpress) and athleticism hardly ever come along, and when they do, they certainly don't traverse the path Whiteside took.

Despite the delays in his ascension, the production has been every bit as special as his natural gifts say it should be.

His 28.5 player efficiency rating is topped only by MVP candidate Anthony Davis' 31.7. If it holds up, Whiteside's 26.7 rebounding percentage would tie for the second highest in NBA history (minimum 1,000 minutes played). His 41.3 field-goal percentage against at the rim ranks third among players who have faced at least five such shots per game.

That's why his journey, while perhaps the most unbelievable portion of his story, isn't the most exciting one. As memorable as his rapid rise has been, it's the road still ahead that carries the most intrigue.


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