Hassan Whitesides is back.
That’s the message from the NBA, with Hassan Whitesiding officially returning to his role as the primary ball handler for the Miami Heat.
That means the veteran forward will be tasked with more minutes, but that doesn’t mean Whitesides will be completely forgotten.
The 6-foot-8, 205-pounder is expected to see an increase in minutes, and he will have to do it with the help of a different, younger ball handler than Dwyane Wade.
That will likely be Wade’s replacement, as Hassan Whitesis back to being the primary scoring option for the Heat.
Whitesides, who was named the team’s MVP this past season, said he’s excited to see the young man continue his development and prove himself again.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops with the team,” Whitesides said.
“I’m just excited to be back on the floor.
He’s a young man, he’s talented, he can score and he can make plays.”
Whiteside had averaged 9.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists this season.
It’s a big step for him to be more of a part of the team, especially after averaging 9.3 points and 4.2 rebounds in his first season with the Heat, when he averaged 10.6 points and 5.7 rebounds.
Whipside said he hasn’t really changed as a scorer in his three seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
He said that his game has changed over the years, but his approach has.
“If I want to play defense, I have to know what I’m doing,” Whiteside said.
“You can see the changes in my game and how I have the ball.
It doesn’t really matter to me that I’m scoring more or less.”
Whispsis is expected back for the start of the season.
He’ll be in line to earn a spot on the team in some capacity.
With the Heat starting four rookies in the starting lineup and the rest of the starting backcourt is likely to be the same, Whitesides’ role could grow.
Whoresides’ play has become more of an issue in the past two seasons, which has left the Heat needing to find a backup point guard.
With his ability to shoot the ball, Whiteside will need to find someone to fill that role, but with Wade back to his old ways, Whitesid has a chance to be that guy.