From Foe to Friend Energy’s Whiteside Called Up By Miami Heat
Maybe that game Saturday night was just considered a glorified workout. After a blistering start including putting up an impressive 24 point, 16 rebound, 5 block night against the Skyforce, center Hassan Whiteside was called up to the Miami Heat.
See the damage done by the big man in the clip below.
In the three games this season with the Iowa Energy, Whiteside averaged 22.0 points, 15.7 rebounds, 5.33 blocks and 28.7 minutes while shooting 85.7 percent from the field, helping them to a perfect 3-0 record.
A second round draft choice with the Sacramento Kings, Whiteside has appeared in 19 career NBA games averaging 1.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 5.8 minutes of action while shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
The Skyforce even had Whiteside in the fold for a seven game stretch during the 2012-13 season. While in Sioux Falls, Whiteside averaged 10 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 16 minutes per game before being traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
The former Conference USA Defensive player of the year won the 2013 National Basketball League Championship in China as he was named the NBL Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year and selected to the NBL First Team. Whiteside signed with the Memphis Grizzlies for training camp prior to joining the Iowa Energy.
This is the second call-up to the NBA in the last week for the big man as he was an emergency fill-in for a flu-ravaged Grizzlies squad. He was also reportedly working out for the Atlanta Hawks, so it was just a matter of time until Whiteside got the call.
In order to make room for the 7-footer, the Heat waived veteran guard Shannon Brown.
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