Hassan Niam Whiteside (born June 13, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Marshall Thundering Herd before being drafted 33rd overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA draft.
On June 24, 2010, Whiteside was drafted with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round of the 2010 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. On July 19, he signed a four-year, $3.8 million contract with the Kings. The first two years of the deal were guaranteed for $1.76 million.
On November 29, 2010, Whiteside was assigned to the Kings’ D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. Whiteside was recalled back to the Kings on January 9, 2011.
On March 5, 2011, Whiteside had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his left knee, which sidelined him for the season. He only appeared in one game with the Kings during his rookie season.
In January 2012, Whiteside was assigned once again to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League. On February 4, Whiteside was recalled to the Kings for the second time. On July 16, 2012, Whiteside was waived by the Sacramento Kings.
On December 14, 2012, Whiteside was acquired by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. On January 4, 2013, Whiteside was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for Damian Saunders. After the D-League season, he joined Amchit Club in Lebanon.
On May 26, 2013, Whiteside joined the Sichuan Blue Whales (NBL) in China. He played 27 games averaging 25.7 points (56.4% shooting), 16.6 rebounds, 5.1 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game. He was named Defensive Player of the Year, Center of the Year, and was selected to the All-NBL 1st Team. The Blue Whales went undefeated in the playoffs en route to the NBL Championship. Whiteside was awarded Finals MVP.
In November 2013, Whiteside signed with Al Mouttahed Tripoli of the Lebanese Basketball League. He was released in April 2014. The next month, he joined the Jiangsu Tongxi of China, before leaving them in June after 17 games.
On September 25, 2014, Whiteside signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 22, 2014. On October 30, 2014, he was reacquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Two days later, his rights were traded to the Iowa Energy. He officially joined the Energy on November 14, 2014. On November 19, he re-signed with the Grizzlies. However, he was waived again the next day. On November 22, he re-joined Iowa.
On November 24, 2014, Whiteside signed with the Miami Heat. On December 13, he was assigned to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, but was recalled two days later. On January 4, 2015, he recorded his first career double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in an 88–84 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
On January 11, 2015, Whiteside recorded a then career-high 23 points, 16 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks in a 104–90 win against the Los Angeles Clippers. On January 25, he recorded his first career triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and franchise record 12 blocks in a 96–84 win over the Chicago Bulls. In the process, Whiteside became just the fourth player in the previous 25 years with at least 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks in a game, and the first player since Manute Bol with 12 blocks off the bench in 25 minutes or less. Bol had 13 blocks in 23 minutes. On February 4, he scored a then career-high 24 points on 12-of-13 shooting along with 20 rebounds in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. His 90% field goal shooting and his 20/20 night made him one of only four players in NBA history to achieve such a feat.
On March 2, 2015, Whiteside got into a fight with Alex Len of the Phoenix Suns. The following day, the NBA fined Whiteside $15,000 for his role in the altercation. On March 10, he was suspended for one game without pay for striking Kelly Olynyk during the Heat’s March 9 loss to the Boston Celtics. He went on to finish fourth in the NBA Most Improved Player Award voting. During his first season with the Heat, Whiteside averaged a double-double with 11.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.
On November 1, 2015, Whiteside scored a career-high 25 points in a 109–89 win over the Houston Rockets. On November 17, he recorded his second career triple-double with 22 points, 14 rebounds and 10 blocks in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He became the seventh player in NBA history with multiple points-rebounds-blocks triple-doubles. On November 23, in a game against the New York Knicks, Whiteside blocked five shots, giving him 63 through 13 games. The previous Heat record for blocks at this point of the season belonged to Alonzo Mourning, who had 50 to open the 1998–99 season. On December 9, he recorded three blocks against the Charlotte Hornets, thus opening the season with two or more blocks in all 20 games, trailing only Mark Eaton (24, 1988–89 with Utah) and Shaquille O’Neal (23, 1992–93 with Orlando) for longest streaks to start a season. His streak ended at 21 after he failed to record a block on December 13 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
On January 15, 2016, Whiteside recorded his third career triple-double with 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 98–95 win over the Denver Nuggets. Between January 22 and February 2, he missed six games with a left hip injury. He returned to action on February 3, recording 10 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 17 minutes off the bench in a 93–90 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On Feburary 5, 2016, Whiteside scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and blocked 10 shots in a 98-95 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Career highlights and awards
NBA D-League champion (2013)
C-USA Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
C-USA Freshman of the Year (2010)
Second-team All-Conference USA (2010)