The Money Motivated Whiteside

When Pat Riley decided to let Dwyane Wade leave Miami, he was effectively saying yes to a younger team led by Hassan Whiteside. The Miami Heat giving a four-year max contract to Whiteside was risky. He’s only played a season and a half of elite NBA basketball. It’s been anything but a mistake.

Despite Miami’s early struggles, Whiteside has dominated. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 15.9 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in 33.2 minutes per game. All of his numbers have shot up, including his usage to over 25 percent.

Unfortunately, no one else on the squad can put the ball in the basket. That’s why they’re struggling. They just lost to the Sixers for God’s sake.

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I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.