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Hassan Whiteside - C, 7'0, 235
Miami Heat - Signed as a free agent in November 2014
       Date of birth: 06/13/1989
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 33rd pick, 2010
     Out of: Marshall
  NBA Experience: 4 years
  Hand: Right





From blog:


   Sham's 2010 NBA Draft Night Recap, Part 2
2010-06-27

Pick 33: Sacramento drafts Hassan Whiteside from Marshall, a man who would have been a surefire first rounder had he not loafed through workouts and done nothing to dissuage the aura of his supposed immaturity. Question marks aside, it's a decent pick for the Kings, potentially getting them the next Keon Clark.

Whiteside's draft caption is a swift kick in the scrote to any onlooker; "Must improve: Maturity." Ouch. Marshall doesn't help himself by loafing up to the podium like a petulant schoolboy and then trying to greet Adam Silver with a homie shake. But Silver takes it well, turns it into the business shake, and acts as if all is well. If Hassan can find that much guidance and patience throughout his career, he might be just fine.

The quote about Marshall's maturity also overlooks the holes in his skill set, particularly his offensive game. How often does an extremely athletic big man with no offensive game ever develop the kind of offensive game teams envision when they draft them? Not often. Stromile Swift didn't. Jamal Sampson didn't. Cheikh Samb didn't. Pape Sow didn't. Et cetera. It works out sometimes - Andray Blatche is one such example - but the miss rate is far greater than the hit rate. And having owned both Clark and Justin Williams in recent years, Sacramento know what it's like.

Between Whiteside and DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento's big man coach will get no days holiday over the next two years.

Still, at 33, the risk is justified. Even if he needs to develop any kind of consistent offense and touch around the basket, while putting on 40lbs of muscle, learning how to keep possession when blocking a shot and growing up, it's a pick worth making. But just so that we don't forget it, Jay Bilas cements our awareness of his bust potential with the timeless quote, "He could be Patrick O'Bryant." Scrote punch of the year right there.

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