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Alum Hassan Whiteside Makes History with 12 Blocks, Triple-Double

By Brian Kotloff | January 26, 2015

NBA D-League veteran Hassan Whiteside’s breakout season reached another level on Sunday when he scored 14 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked a franchise-record 12 shots — all in just 25 minutes — to lead the Miami Heat to a victory over the Bulls.

And his performance in a postgame interview also had fans buzzing. “I’m just trying to really get my NBA 2K rating up,” he joked in his interview on ABC.

For the national audience, it served as an introduction to the 25-year-old center who’s come out of nowhere to emerge as a difference-maker in Miami (though his true coming-out party came earlier this month in Los Angeles).

“In high school, it was, ‘Where’d he come from?’” Whiteside, who was called up from the Iowa Energy in late November, told reporters afterward. “Five years ago, if anybody followed my Marshall career, I did one year there. I didn’t even start until later on in the season, and by the end of the season, I was projected as a lottery pick. It’s been like that all my life. It’s always, ‘Where’d he come from?’”

The answer is, in part, the NBA D-League, as he’s played 65 games over four seasons with four different teams in the NBA’s minor league — and was equally dominant.

Hassan Whiteside’s Per-36-Minute Statistics
PTS FG% OREB DREB REB STL BLK
Miami Heat (18 games) 16.6 69.2 3.3 11.2 14.5 1.3 4.4
NBA D-League (65 games) 19.0 59.0 5.2 9.3 14.5 1.0 6.2

 

Here’s what Twitter was saying about Whiteside on Sunday:

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