Hassan Whiteside’s rise to NBA prominence is one of the more stunning stories the league has seen in quite some time.
Three months ago, Whiteside wasn’t on a NBA roster and hadn’t played in an NBA game since the 2011-12 season. A month and a half ago, he was a member of the Miami Heat’s D-League affiliate. Today, he’s one of the most important players on the Heat’s roster.
Whiteside is averaging 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 blocks in 12 January games. He’s had some remarkable performances, including a 23-point and 16-rebound showing against the Los Angeles Clippers and an absurd triple double (14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks) against the Chicago Bulls.
Whiteside was at it again on Friday with 14 rebounds in one quarter against the Dallas Mavericks. You read that correctly. 14 rebounds in a quarter.
Not surprisingly, the rebounding total in a quarter was a franchise record.
Hassan Whiteside’s 14 first-quarter rebounds is NBA’s most in last 15 years. Here’s my Insider feature on him today: http://t.co/43WzmJxkRk
— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) January 31, 2015
When Whiteside was on the court in the 1st Quarter, he rebounded 60.8% of all missed shots. For both teams.
— Couper Moorhead (@CoupNBA) January 31, 2015
It almost seems too good to be true for Miami — that a player this good could have just slipped through the cracks. But as Whiteside continues to perform at this level, it’s becoming clear that the Heat have stumbled into a truly special talent.