Hassan Whiteside

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Hassan Whiteside
No. 21 – Miami Heat
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1989-06-13) June 13, 1989 (age 26)
Gastonia, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school The Patterson School
(Lenoir, North Carolina)
College Marshall (2009–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33rd overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Pro career 2010–present
Career history
20102012 Sacramento Kings
2010–2012 Reno Bighorns (D-League)
2012–2013 Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
2013 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
2013 Amchit Club (Lebanon)
2013 Sichuan Blue Whales (China)
2013–2014 Al Mouttahed Tripoli (Lebanon)
2014 Jiangsu Tongxi (China)
2014 Iowa Energy (D-League)
2014–present Miami Heat
2014 →Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA D-League champion (2013)
  • C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
  • C-USA Freshman of the Year (2010)
  • Second-team All-Conference USA (2010)

Hassan Niam Whiteside (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Marshall Thundering Herd before being drafted 33rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA draft.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina, Whiteside attended three high schools as a youth living in Gastonia. These include Hunter Huss High School,[1] Ashbrook, and Forestview. Even more difficult than attending three high schools in two years, was living with a single mother and six siblings.[2]

For his junior year of high school, he moved in with his father in Newark, New Jersey. There he played at East Side High School where he averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots per game in 2006–07. He moved back to North Carolina for the 2007–08 school year and attended Hope Christian Academy (Charlotte, North Carolina). In 2008–09, he played prep basketball at The Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina where he helped lead Patterson to a 34–2 record and a No. 1 national ranking with former Marshall teammate DeAndre Kane.

Whiteside was rated as the No. 19 center in the Class of 2009, according to Scout.com[3] and ranked as the No. 87 recruit in the Class of 2009 by Rivals.com.[4] He played in the 2009 Reebok All-American preview game,[5] and was a member of both the United Celtics (NC) AAU Team and the New Jersey Panthers AAU team as a high schooler.[6]

Collegiate career[edit]

Whiteside chose Marshall over Charlotte, South Carolina, Kentucky, Auburn, and Mississippi State.[7]

Whiteside came to Marshall University under the radar during the start of the 2009–10 season, but it did not take long for him to make national attention. He was spotlighted in the December 28 edition of ESPN The Magazine's College Basketball column after he amassed 14 points, 17 rebounds, 9 blocked shots, in 29 minutes of play in a 60–53 win over the Ohio Bobcats on November 28.[8] A few weeks later on December 12, Whiteside recorded the Thundering Herd's first ever triple-double in a 105–54 rout of the Brescia Bearcats, scoring 17 points, grabbing 14 rebounds, and blocking 11 shots.[9] Whiteside would go on to have two more triple-doubles on the year against the UCF Knights on January 13, and February 27.[10][11] He finished the season as the nation's leading shot blocker with 182 blocked shots, he also broke the C-USA record, held by Tulsa's Jerome Jordan, for most blocked shots in a single season and broke the Marshall record for the most blocked shots in a single season and in a career all in his freshman year. The 182 blocks were also enough to set a national record for most by a freshman in a single season, topping the total of 177 by BYU's Shawn Bradley in 1990–91.

On March 29, 2010, Whiteside declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA draft, after Marshall head coach Donnie Jones accepted the head coaching job at Conference USA rival UCF Knights.[12]

College statistics[edit]

Season Averages
2009–10 Marshall Thundering Herd 34 13.1 8.9 0.3 0.6 5.4 .524 .600 .588 26.1 1.9


Professional career[edit]

Sacramento Kings, D-League and overseas[edit]

On June 24, 2010, Whiteside was drafted with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round of the 2010 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. On July 19, he signed a four-year, $3.8 million contract with the Kings. The first two years of the deal were guaranteed for $1.76 million.[14]

On November 29, 2010, Whiteside was assigned to the Kings' D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.[15] Whiteside was recalled back to the Kings on January 9, 2011.[16]

On March 5, 2011, Whiteside had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee, which sidelined him for the season.[17] He only appeared in one game with the Kings during his rookie season.

In January 2012, Whiteside was assigned once again to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.[18] On February 4, Whiteside was recalled to the Kings for the second time.[19]

On July 16, 2012, Whiteside was waived by the Sacramento Kings.[20]

On December 14, 2012, Whiteside was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[21] On January 4, 2013, Whiteside was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for Damian Saunders.[22] After the D-League season, he joined Amchit Club in Lebanon.[23]

On May 26, 2013, Whiteside joined the Sichuan Blue Whales (NBL) in China. He played 27 games averaging 25.7 points (56.4% shooting), 16.6 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. He was named Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year, and was selected to the All-NBL 1st Team. The Blue Whales went undefeated in the playoffs en route to the NBL Championship. Whiteside was awarded Finals MVP.[24][25]

In November 2013, Whiteside signed with Al Mouttahed Tripoli of the Lebanese Basketball League.[26] He was released in April 2014.[27] The next month, he joined the Jiangsu Tongxi of China, before leaving them in June after 17 games.[28]

On September 25, 2014, Whiteside signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[29] However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 22, 2014.[30] On October 30, 2014, he was reacquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Two days later, his rights were traded to the Iowa Energy.[31] He officially joined the Energy on November 14, 2014.[32] On November 19, he re-signed with the Grizzlies.[33] However, he was waived again the next day.[34] On November 22, he re-joined Iowa.[35]

Miami Heat[edit]

On November 24, 2014, Whiteside signed with the Miami Heat.[36] On December 13, he was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce,[37] but was recalled two days later.[38] On January 4, 2015, he recorded his first career double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 88-84 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[39]

On January 11, 2015, Whiteside recorded a then career-high 23 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a 104-90 win against the Los Angeles Clippers.[40] On January 25, he recorded his first career triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and franchise record 12 blocks in a 96-84 win over the Chicago Bulls.[41][42] In the process, Whiteside became just the fourth player in the last 25 years with at least 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in a game and the first player since Manute Bol with 12 blocks off the bench in 25 minutes or less. Bol had 13 blocks in 23 minutes.[43] On February 4, he scored a career-high 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting along with 20 rebounds in a 101-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. His 90% field goal shooting and his 20/20 night makes him one of only four players in NBA history to achieve that feat.[44]

On March 2, Whiteside got into a fight with Alex Len of the Phoenix Suns. The following day, the NBA fined Whiteside $15,000 for his role in the altercation.[45] On March 10, he was suspended for one game without pay for striking Kelly Olynyk during the Heat's March 9 loss to the Boston Celtics.[46] He went on to finish fourth in the NBA Most Improved Player Award voting.[47] During his first season with the Heat, Whiteside averaged a double-double with 11.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2010–11 Sacramento 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2011–12 Sacramento 18 0 6.1 .444 .000 .417 2.2 .0 .2 .8 1.6
2014–15 Miami 48 32 23.8 .628 .000 .500 10.0 .1 .6 2.6 11.8
Career 67 32 18.7 .616 .000 .494 7.8 .1 .5 2.1 8.9

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2010 Sporting News second team All-American
  • 2010 Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year
  • 2010 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
  • 2010 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
  • 2010 A member of FOXSports.com's All-Freshman Team
  • 2010 CBSSports.com Freshman All-American Team
  • 2010 Conference USA All-Defensive Team
  • 2010 Conference USA 7-time Rookie of The Week
  • 2010 Second Team All-Conference USA
  • 2010 NCAA Second Team All-Freshman Team
  • 2010 Led NCAA Division I in blocks
  • 2010 First NCAA Conference USA player to ever record three triple-doubles in a season[48]


Whiteside is the son of Hasson Arbubakrr and Debbie Whiteside.[49] His father played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1983 to 1984.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gastonia's Whiteside back in the NBA
  2. ^ Welcoming Whiteside
  5. ^ Hassan Whiteside Bio
  7. ^ ESPN Recruiting
  8. ^ Whiteside Featured In Two National Articles
  9. ^ Marshall vs. Brescia recap
  10. ^ Marshall vs. UCF box score--January 13, 2010
  11. ^ Marshall vs. UCF box score--February 27, 2010
  12. ^ "Herd's Whiteside to Turn Pro". WOWK. Retrieved 2010-03-29. 
  13. ^ College Statistics
  14. ^ Kings give Whiteside financial security, opportunity for growth
  15. ^ Kings assign Whiteside to Reno
  16. ^ Kings Recall Hassan Whiteside
  17. ^ Kings C Whiteside has knee surgery
  19. ^ Kings Recall Whiteside
  20. ^ "KINGS WAIVE HASSAN WHITESIDE". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 16, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2013. 
  21. ^ Skyforce Acquires Whiteside
  22. ^ Skyforce Acquires Saunders From Vipers
  23. ^ @youngwhiteside Welcome to Amchit Welcome to Lebanon
  24. ^ http://basketball.asia-basket.com/player/Hassan_Whiteside/188254
  25. ^ http://basketball.asia-basket.com/China/news/Asia-Basketcom_All-Chinese_NBL_Awards_2013/326585
  26. ^ "Hassan Whiteside signed by Al Moutahed". Court-side.com. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  27. ^ "Hassan Whiteside officially fired from Al Mouttahed Club". lebanesebasketball.net. April 30, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 
  28. ^ HASSAN WHITESIDE basketball profile – 2014 stats
  29. ^ Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster
  30. ^ Grizzlies waive Earl Clark and Hassan Whiteside
  32. ^ Iowa Energy Acquire Hassan Whiteside
  33. ^ Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Kalin Lucas & Hassan Whiteside
  34. ^ Memphis Grizzlies waive Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside
  35. ^ Kalin Lucas and Hassan Whiteside Rejoin Iowa Energy
  36. ^ HEAT Signs Hassan Whiteside
  37. ^ HEAT Assign Napier and Whiteside to Skyforce
  38. ^ HEAT Recall Napier and Whiteside From Skyforce
  39. ^ Watch Hassan Whiteside Strong Hand Some Nets Shots (Video)
  40. ^ Hassan Whiteside showing plenty of upside as Miami Heat trumps Los Angeles Clippers
  41. ^ "Wade, Bosh, Whiteside lead Heat over Bulls 96-84". NBA.com. January 25, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  42. ^ "Alum Hassan Whiteside Makes History with 12 Blocks, Triple-Double". NBA.com. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2015. 
  43. ^ "Hassan Whiteside does a lot in a little time". ESPN.com. January 25, 2015. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  44. ^ "Rubio's return sparks Wolves late in 102-101 win over Heat". NBA.com. February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  45. ^ Thornburgh, Tristan (March 2, 2015). "Miami Heat's Hassan Whiteside Tackles Phoenix's Alex Len, Both Players Ejected". BlearcherReport.com. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  46. ^ Hassan Whiteside suspended 1 game
  47. ^ "Bulls' Butler wins 2014-15 Kia Most Improved Player Award". NBA.com. 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2015-05-08. 
  48. ^ Whiteside Earns More Awards
  49. ^ Mcgill, Chuck (March 21, 2010). "7-foot Marshall freshman may still be growing". USA Today. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 

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