Well the Miami Heat might have lost LeBron James in the offseason but they might have found themselves a new up and coming star in the NBA - Hassan Whiteside. Standing 7 feet tall and weighing in at 265 pounds, the Heat have themselves a stud at the center position. The 25 year old is making a big splash this season after getting limited playing time with the Sacramento Kings in 2010 and 2011.
Whiteside played just one year of college ball at Marshall University. He made a name for himself there as he nearly recorded a triple double against Ohio with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 9 blocks. However, just a few weeks later, Whiteside posted the first ever triple double for Marshall, as he scored 17 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked 11 shots. He finished his freshman season as the nation's leading shot blocker with 182. He actually broke Shawn Bradley's freshman record of 177 blocks.
His freshman numbers - 13.1 points, 8.9 rebounds 5.4 blocks
It might be 4 and a half years later but Whiteside is picking up where he left off in his freshman season. With the Heat, Whiteside is averaging 17.6 minutes, 8.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
However, I think the Heat are just realizing how good Whiteside is.
Over his last 3 games, Whiteside has averaged 30 minutes with 15.3 points, 17.6 rebounds and 4.3 blocks.
Against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, Whiteside posted a triple double with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks. He followed that up with 16 points and 16 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks and then last night against Dallas he scored 16 points, while grabbing 24 rebounds.
He shouldn't be, but if for some odd reason he's available in your fantasy basketball league, do not hesitate, pick him up immediately!
Whiteside is a huge addition to this team as it takes a lot of pressure off of Chris Bosh, who does not have to play the center position. He's just a great fit in a lineup with Bosh, Dwyane Wade (when healthy) and Luol Deng.