Hassan Whiteside hits out at GMs for overlooking him as league's top center

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General managers across the NBA provided their thoughts on the upcoming season and players in their annual survey which was released on Wednesday.

One of the most interesting categories was who they regarded as the best player in their respective positions.

At the center spot, Karl-Anthony Towns received the most votes at 28 percent, slightly ahead of Anthony Davis (24 percent).

Marc Gasol (21 percent) and DeMarcus Cousins (17 percent) rounded out the top four. Rudy Gobert, Draymond Green, DeAndre Jordan and Nikola Jokix also received nods as the league's top center.

There is, of course, one glaring omission from that list as Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside surprisingly failed to receive a single vote.

The 28-year-old is never shy to voice his opinions if he believes he's not being recognised for his talents and, as you'd expect, he had a message for the GMs who failed to rate him accordingly.

"I'm just killing whatever team they're on," Whiteside told Ira Winderman of the Miami Sun-Sentinel. "I'll just keep killing their team."

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Being overlooked has been the theme of Whiteside's career after barely playing in his first two seasons in the league and finding himself out of the NBA soon after.

He had stints in China and Lebanon before establishing himself in Miami. Since arriving in South Beach in 2014, he has blossomed into one of the most dominant bigs on both ends of the floor putting up impressive numbers.

Having been shunned for All-Star appearances and Defensive Player of the Year awards in recent years, Whiteside says he wasn't shocked by how the GMs voted.

"Nah. I'm not surprised anymore," he said. "I don't care what them GM thinks. Four years ago, they didn't think I could play in this league. I care about what Pat Riley and coach Spo think."

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Whiteside certainly has a case to argue as he has had three consecutive seasons where he’s averaged a double-double. He also led the league in blocks two years ago and in rebounds this past campaign.

His scoring average has also increased in each of his first five seasons in the league, putting up a career-high 17 points and 14.1 rebounds as well as 2.1 blocks per game last term.

His importance to the franchise was made evident in free agency last summer when they re-signed him to a four-year, $98 million contract.

All he can do is prove them wrong like he has been all his career and continue to do his talking on the court.

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