Hassan Whiteside is shredding opponents since the All-Star break, averaging 20.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks on 62-percent shooting from the field and a mind-numbing 81-percent from the free-throw line.
Hassanity is on a tear and even more bewildering is the fact all that production has been exclusively off the bench in a six-game sample.
“I think they will do everything they can do accommodate Hassan because you can see now what they have,” the Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman said on the Joe Rose Show. “They finally have youth. They have Josh Richardson, Hassan Whiteside, Justise Winslow. The Heat — the old-man Heat — finally has a young man’s second unit and the guy we’re forgetting about, Tyler Johnson, you put him in with that mix also. All the sudden you have four young guys you can roll out…
“We might be seeing a changing of the Heat guard subtly because you see it every game now when that second unit comes in.”
Ira makes a good point because this roster isn’t comprised of an identity. They’re not old. They’re not young. They really can play any style they choose.
Even with Chris Bosh‘s status still an unknown, you’d have to think Pat Riley will be moving forward with a balanced core age-wise. You have youth in Winslow, Whiteside, Johnson, and Richardson and vets in Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, and some combination of Luol Deng, Joe Johnson, and Josh McRoberts.
Meanwhile, Dan Le Batard says the Heat still doesn’t view Whiteside as a max player, saying “they have never wavered from the position he is not a max player” on his radio show this morning.