Isaiah Whitehead

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Isaiah Whitehead
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No. 15 – BC Astana
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueKazakhstan Championship
VTB United League
FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Personal information
Born (1995-03-08) March 8, 1995 (age 24)
Brooklyn, New York
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High schoolAbraham Lincoln
(Brooklyn, New York)
CollegeSeton Hall (2014–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Playing career2016–present
Career history
20162018Brooklyn Nets
2017–2018Long Island Nets
2018–2019Lokomotiv Kuban
2019Grand Rapids Drive
2019–presentBC Astana
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Isaiah Whitehead (born March 8, 1995) is an American professional basketball player for BC Astana of the Kazakhstan Championship. He played college basketball for Seton Hall.

High school career[edit]

Whitehead rose to prominence playing for Abraham Lincoln High School, and was a highly touted recruit coming into college. Whitehead played at the 2014 McDonald's All-American Boys Game, the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic, and many other prestigious tournaments in high school. He was labeled a five-star recruit by and, being named Mr. New York Basketball, the recipient of the 2014 PSAL Wingate Award, Co-Most Valuable Player in the 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 game, and the highest-rated New York City recruit since 2009.[1]

College career[edit]

Whitehead was named preseason Big East Rookie of the Year and made the All-Rookie Team as a freshman. He was twice selected as Rookie of the Week on December 8 and December 15. He missed nine games during the season due to a stress fracture in his right foot.[1]

At the conclusion of the 2015–16 regular season, Whitehead was unanimously selected to the All-Big East first team.[2] He also received the Haggerty Award, given to the New York area's top men's Division I basketball player.[3] Whitehead led Seton Hall to their first Big East Championship in 23 years. The Pirates took down Creighton, Xavier and Villanova in the final. Whitehead was awarded with the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player award. Next, the Hall earned their first NCAA berth in 10 years. Seton Hall was defeated by the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round in Denver.

In March 2016, Whitehead declared for the NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Brooklyn Nets (2016–2018)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Whitehead was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 42nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He was later traded to the Brooklyn Nets the following day.[5] On July 8, 2016, he signed with the Nets and joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[6] On January 6, 2017, Whitehead recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 116–108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[7] On March 10, 2017, he scored a career-high 24 points in a 105–96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.[8] On April 8, 2017, with one block against the Chicago Bulls, Whitehead tied an all-time team record by a guard in a single-season with 36, set by Darwin Cook during the 1980–81 season.[9]

On November 27, 2017, Whitehead tied his career high with 24 points while shooting 10 of 16 from the field in a 117–103 loss to the Houston Rockets.[10] During the 2017–18 season, he has been assigned multiple times to the Long Island Nets of the NBA G League.[11] He was traded to the Denver Nuggets and later waived.[12]

In 30 games of the 2017–18 NBA G League season, Whitehead has averaged 22.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG and 3.6 APG in 28.7 minutes per game.[13]

Lokomotiv Kuban (2018–2019)[edit]

Whitehead signed with the Russian team Lokomotiv Kuban on August 6, 2018.[14] On January 7, 2019, Whitehead agreed to part ways with Lokomotiv.[15]

Detroit Pistons / Grand Rapids Drive (2019)[edit]

On January 15, 2019, Whitehead signed with the Detroit Pistons on a two-way contract.[16] He did not end up appearing in any games for the Pistons.

In four games of the 2018–19 NBA G League season, Whitehead has averaged 19.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 6.3 APG in 33.8 minutes per game.

On June 23, 2019, the Portland Trail Blazers signed Whitehead to their Summer League roster.[17]

BC Astana (2019–present)[edit]

On October 10, 2019, he has signed with BC Astana of the Kazakhstan Championship. [18]

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]

2016–17 Brooklyn 73 26 22.5 .402 .295 .805 2.5 2.6 .6 .5 7.4
2017–18 Brooklyn 16 0 11.3 .465 .389 .684 1.6 1.3 .5 .1 6.3
Career 89 26 20.5 .411 .305 .788 2.4 2.4 .6 .4 7.2


  1. ^ a b "Isaiah Whitehead Bio". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2014.
  2. ^ "Four Named Unanimously to MBB All-BIG EAST First Team". March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ Carino, Jerry (April 12, 2016). "Seton Hall's Whitehead wins Haggerty Award". Retrieved April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ "Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead to enter NBA draft, will not hire agent". March 18, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
  5. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Acquire Draft Rights to Isaiah Whitehead". June 24, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2016.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Isaiah Whitehead". July 8, 2016. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  7. ^ Logan, Greg (January 7, 2017). "Spencer Dinwiddie trying to make best of his shot with Nets". Retrieved February 19, 2017.
  8. ^ "Nowitzki, sluggish Mavs put away Nets 105-96 after 30K night". March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Wade returns but Nets hand Bulls potentially costly loss". April 8, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Harden helps Rockets beat Nets 117-103". November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "2017-18 NBA Assignments". Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "Denver Nuggets Trade Arthur and Faried to Brooklyn Nets". July 13, 2018. Retrieved July 13, 2018. Denver will subsequently waived [sic] Whitehead.
  13. ^ "Isaiah Whitehead". NBA G League Stats.
  14. ^ "Lokomotiv Kuban signs Isaiah Whitehead". Sportando. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Isaiah Whitehead: Parts ways with Russian club". CBS Sports. January 7, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  16. ^ "Pistons sign guards Kalin Lucas, Isaiah Whitehead". The Detroit News. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Blazers Add Point Guard Isaiah Whitehead to Summer League Squad". SB Nation. June 23, 2019. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  18. ^ "Astana tabs Isaiah Whitehead". Sportando. October 10, 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.

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