Hassan Whiteside has come from D-League obscurity to become one of the best centers in the NBA today.
His shot-blocking credentials have earned him the nickname of Agent Block and after averaging an insane 3.7 blocks a night last season, the 27-year-old came third in the Defensive Player of the Year race.
With Dwyane Wade departed and Chris Bosh unlikely to suit up in Miami again, Whiteside is now the face of the franchise and tasked with leading them to glory.
Although their early season record of 3-8 is hardly inspiring, Whiteside has been putting up 17.6 points, 16 rebounds and 2.7 blocks a night.
During the 96-73 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night, Whiteside produced seven denials at the rim.
Speaking to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald after the game, Whiteside had a message for the NBA coaches that continue to underestimate him down low.
Whiteside's scoring output has jumped up significantly from his career average of 12.1, and the former Marshall product has improved his game in the low block and in the post.
While he may have been regarded as a glass cleaner with tremendous reach in the past - and he still is both of those things - Whiteside is certainly a more rounded player today.
With time on his side, he will continue to get better for a while yet.News Now - Sport News