Hassan Whiteside has joined the Kings. Whiteside is a defensive monster on the boards.
In his first season with Portland, Whiteside averaged 15.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks. Though he lost his starting job in the bubble to Jusuf Nurkic. He might have known coming into the 2019-20 season that he would lose the starting job, but he was still bummed and couldn’t quite put together a good performance off the bench for the Blazers.
With the Blazers trading for Enes Kanter it seemed that they were definitely going away from Hassan Whiteside. He was good in Portland in the role that they needed him to fill, and that was to be the starting center while Nurkic was out with his leg injury.
Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft. He was selected with the 33rd overall pick. He then signed with the Miami Heat in 2014, was assigned to their G-League team, but was recalled two days later. That’s where his career started. From there he has averaged a double-double in every season.
His career stats are 13.7 points, 11.7 Rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. He has recorded a total of 5623 points, 3433 rebounds, and 994 blocks in his career.
In 2015-16 he was a First Team All-NBA Defensive Player, and the Block champ that year. He was also the 2016-17 NBA Rebounding Champion.
And now Whiteside is going full circle just like Ricky Rubio, who went back to the Minnesota Timberwolves after being drafted there.
Good move for the Kings?
Yes and No. If they plan on starting him then it’s a great move, but if they plan on bringing him off the bench, it will not be good for them.
Although it is only a one-year deal, so if it doesn’t work out, neither side will have to worry about anything.
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