Hassan Whiteside, the good surprise of Jazz | NBA


It was clearly not won in advance, especially after two really unconvincing consecutive freelancing in Portland and then in Sacramento, but Hassan Whiteside in Utah, it works.

Official lining of Rudy Gobert at the Jazz, the pivot gives for the moment full satisfaction. With 7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 against in 15 minutes on average, the former Heat meets expectations. And he probably exceeds a lot of expectations on the part of Jazz fans, dubious or even fearful at the announcement of his signature.

« He and Rudy have developed a good relationship too », welcomes Quin Snyder on KSL Sports. “They are not the same player but a lot of things that we ask of Rudy, we also ask them of Hassan. And I think it works well for him. « 

Wanting to free themselves from the $ 20 million that remained on Derrick Favors’ contract, the Jazz sent their interior to Oklahoma City, with a first round of Draft to coax the Thunder. And to replace him, Utah then signed Whiteside at minimum wage.

A good deal from a financial point of view, but also from a sporting point of view. Taller and stronger, Hassan Whiteside is a real pivot who protects the circle. It was even his first quality when he started in the NBA.

Comfortable in Utah

In the same mold as Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside can therefore slip easily into the Jazz playing system, without the latter having much to change.

« I had a good feeling after talking to him », continues Quin Snyder. “I think he would be quite okay with that, even though he’s not been playing with us for very long, but just the way we play. I also think that there is a certain way of coaching him that will help him too. « 

Ejected after three minutes of play in Utah’s last game against Oklahoma City, Hassan Whiteside can still unpin. But his adaptation to Jazz went very well. In a team that is aiming for nothing other than the title, the zany pivot has found its place on the bench, next to a Jordan Clarkson also quite crazy.

In his ninth NBA season, at 32, Hassan Whiteside is still not an example of maturity, but the veteran hub has apparently found a balance that suits him.

“It’s so nice to see how this team is very close and united. I’ve never experienced this before ”, he concludes in the Deseret News. “A lot of guys can say they’re part of a tight, close team. We do this or that all together. But no… This is really what a united band looks like here. « 

Hassan whiteside Percentage Rebounds
Season Team MJ Min Shots 3pts LF Off Def Early Pd Fte Int Bp Ct Pts
2010-11 BAG 1 2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2011-12 BAG 18 6 44.4 0.0 41.7 0.9 1.3 2.2 0.0 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.8 1.6
2014-15 MIA 48 24 62.8 0.0 50.0 3.0 7.0 10.0 0.1 2.7 0.6 1.2 2.6 11.8
2015-16 MIA 73 29 60.6 0.0 65.0 3.3 8.6 11.9 0.4 2.8 0.6 1.9 3.7 14.3
2016-17 MIA 77 33 55.7 0.0 62.8 3.8 10.3 14.1 0.7 2.9 0.7 2.0 2.1 17.0
2017-18 MIA 54 25 54.0 100.0 70.3 3.2 8.2 11.4 1.0 2.4 0.7 1.7 1.7 14.0
2018-19 MIA 72 23 57.1 12.5 44.9 3.6 7.8 11.4 0.8 2.7 0.6 1.4 1.9 12.3
2019-20 POR 67 30 62.1 57.1 68.6 3.9 9.7 13.5 1.2 2.9 0.4 1.8 2.9 15.5
2020-21 BAG 36 15 56.2 0.0 51.9 1.7 4.3 6.0 0.6 2.0 0.3 1.1 1.3 8.1
2021-22 UTH 18 16 59.6 0.0 72.2 2.1 4.7 6.8 0.2 2.8 0.2 1.0 1.4 7.3
Total 464 25 58.2 30.8 60.6 3.2 7.9 11.1 0.7 2.6 0.6 1.6 2.3 13.0

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