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Watch: Hassan Whiteside produces unreal block of the season contender

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By now, we all know that Hassan Whiteside is one of the best shot-blockers in the game today.

The Miami Heat pivot has really made a name for himself during the past two seasons as he has risen from D-League player and relative unknown to the franchise man in South Beach.

He finished third in the NBA Defensive Player of the Year race last year behind Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green, and he was also named to the All-Defensive Second Team.

Afer registering 3.7 blocks a night last season, it is hardly a surprise.

And it would appear as though the 27-year-old is picking up right where he left off after another tremendous stop last night, this time against the Toronto Raptors.

As you can see in the video below, small forward Pascal Siakam attempts to drop in a jump shot off the dribble when Whiteside appears out of nowhere and not only blocks the ball, but brings it under his spell and emerges with possession.

It's quite an extraordinary play. It's one thing to swat the ball away, but to have the timing and control to simply effectively steal it in mid-air is something else.

Unfortunately for Whiteside, the Heat would go on to lose 87-96 to the Raptors. Still, did we just see a block of the year contender?

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DeMar DeRozan
Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
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