Hassan Whiteside 2010 Draft Profile

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Hassan Whiteside (Marshall)
7'0, Center, 230 lbs.

Whiteside ended up playing at Marshall largely due to academics and has flown under the radar to many people except NBA scouts.  At 7'0 and possessing a 7'7 wingspan, Whiteside terrorizes opponents with his shot blocking.  However, there is no player out there that is more raw or with more attitude concerns; including DeMarcus Cousins.

Whiteside lacks the strength to frequently post up defenders successfully though he shows solid footwork and can score on jump hooks when he's able to get position.   He also uses a mid range jumper occasionally that he hits at a decent rate, but must of his points come on junk baskets through offensive rebounding, lobs, and lay-ups.  He is, however, very fast and will be able to score in transition.

Whiteside lacks basketball IQ and doesn't know where to be on the court.  Even for his age, his lack of awareness is astoundingly bad.  His assist totals makes Eddy Curry look like Steve Nash as he had 9 assists all of last season.  Gaining strength, desire, and court awareness will be key to becoming some kind of threat offensively.

The positives come on the defensive end where Whiteside terrorizes opponents with his weak side shot blocking, racking up nearly six a game.  His frame shows room to add muscle, so he should benefit from an NBA workout regimen.  However, Whiteside lacks the strength to guard post-up players and at times shows a lack of interest defending players who already gained post-up position.

How does he fit in the NBA?

Whiteside is one of those players that could be a great player if he shows desire, can gain basketball I.Q., and add weight.  However, he has had so many off the court issues, behavioral issues and sometimes plays without much motor.  Players with that combination frequently flame out of the league regardless of their potential, and teams will need to do their homework on Whiteside to evaluate the risk vs the reward.

Whiteside could go anywhere from mid-lottery to late first depending on how teams weigh the risks involved.  If maxed out, Whiteside could become a Marcus Camby type player, but he could easily be out of the league in two years as well.

How does he fit with the Bulls?

Even though the Bulls have Joakim Noah, Whiteside at max effort is a great trade piece, or a great pick to take a chance on.  However, I really do not like taking this big of a risk on a team solidifying their team with good attitudes and I do not see the Bulls taking a risk on him either.  After trading Tyrus, dealing with Ben Wallace, and getting rid of other malcontent attitudes, drafting Whiteside would be a step back in that direction.  This is a really deep draft in terms of getting a player that provides at least a unique skill and he is too much of a risk for me at pick 17 or higher.

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  • Check out what Chad Ford said about Whiteside:

    "A number of teams reported to me that their interviews with Whiteside were rocky. I can understand why. In the 15 minutes or so I spent with him one-on-one he projected a confidence that bordered on na

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Your not impressed w/ Paul George, Ekpe Udoh, or Larry Sanders? They all are rising!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    They are rising? Rising to what exactly? Out of our reach because we have the 17th pick. Don't get me wrong,Kevin. Your profiles have been a thing of beauty, but you've done nothing but make me realize this pick should be packaged to a team that is in rebuilding mode. These are teams that can make "upside" picks.

    This is the year the Bulls need to take the next step to at least contender, if not favorite. George, Udoh, and Sanders will take years to develop. That's assuming they're still in the league. My hope is that a player with "upside", I hate that phrase, will drop to us so we can package this pick in a trade.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    I understand what you are saying and I appreciate the feedback. I am not saying they will come out to be studs, but there is a ton of talent this year. We could very well draft a bust if we keep the pick. In fact, in terms of decent players with a skill that will help out in the league, this is one of the deepest drafts.

    Last year, in one of the weakest drafts, Ty Lawson was pick 17, Taj Gibson was pick 26, Beaubois (Mavericks) pick 23?, Toney Douglas late first, DeJuan Blair, Marcus Thornton, and Chase Buddinger were all 2nd round picks. Outside of drafting Taj, they all would be helping us.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    The thing is, All the bigs will take time to develop. Thats why we are not focused on them.

    Henry, Anderson and George, whether they develop more or not, all have the same thing. They are shooters. George could become a stud one day, but right now he is a shooter and that's all we would ask of him. Anything outside that is a plus. His height will make his jumper that much more deadly.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Whiteside showed up to be measured at the combine in flip flops. Seriously. Only got an inch extra from bare feet compared to "with shoes". That's got to tell you something about his preparation. This was reported by Ford btw.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    We need to fill out the rest of the roster with cheap players if we are planning to use up all of our capspace. Would you rather save about $500,000 and replace a pick who has potential with a league minimum player who's probably 37? What kind of trade are you expecting that preserves our capspace?

  • In reply to mucha819:

    Edit: I see you said S&T. But are we just going to hope we pick a player the other team wants?

  • In reply to mucha819:

    It's not really hoping we pick someone that another team likes. Teams talk about trade scenarios around draft time. You see a lot of trades for veterans done on or shortly after draft day. I'm just hoping the Bulls are working the phones. Sorry, I'm not that amped for this draft. I've followed drafts really closely since 1996. This is the first draft since 2000 that I'm not feeling that excited.

    The shooters are marginal. I don't see a S. Curry, B. Gordon, or Redick among this group. I'd rather sign a veteran for cheap while trading the pick for a bigger piece. Roger Mason and Eddie House come to mind. This crop doesn't seem to have a lot of leadership, athleticism, or high skill set.

  • In reply to kbar17:

    Right now DraftExpress has interviews with Dominique Jones, Luke Babbitt, and Ekpe Udoh. I'm usually pretty critical/tough appraiser, but I thought every one of them had a good, mature presence. Looked Jonathan right in the eye, and just seemed smart, capable. I was especially impressed with Dominique and Luke, but Ekpe did a fine job as well. God I hope the Bulls draft one of these three players.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    pretty much agree!

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    This seems like a D-leaguer all over. He is probably useless for the next 3 years and even if he works out, it is probably for a few mins.
    To take that risk is not worth it. The only enticing thing about draft picks is if they turn out decent like Taj, then it's like buying a flat screen TV on the Thanksgiving day sale for half the regular sale price. It can help the team enormously if they are a rotation filler or good enough to be packaged in trades

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Kevin,

    I have officially jumped on the Paul George bandwagon.

    FYI:

    Remember my Rudy Gay comparision?

    This is what Paul George said after his workout in Milwaukee.

    Q: What type of NBA player he would compare himself to

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Hassan Whiteside is another kid getting a lot of play in the media.

    But at the end of the day, the Chicago Bulls need a Shooting Guard.

    (Paul George is #1 on my Bulls' draft board)

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    PAUL GEORGE (the SG) = Reggie Miller (in build) and Larry Hughes (in athleticism).

    I thinks he ends up somewhere between those two guys in on the court production.

    * His character and maturity is obviously better than Larry Hughes.

    I haven't seen Hassan Whiteside play enough to make a comparison.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I've been on Paul George bandwagon from start, but Whiteside if maxed out is Marcus Camby.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    Wait a minute! Focus on the Ford quote about Tyrus. I presume TT said the same types of things to Gar and Pax prior to the draft. Any yet those dodos still took him instead of Aldridge. Are these the guys you want in top management? Absolutely mind blowing IMO.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    You can be cocky and good as well as polite and terrible. The interviews are merely to see if the players have any major issues like drug use or are completely incapable of dealing with teammates. Because Hassan and Tyrus think highly of themselves shouldn't affect your draft board.

  • In reply to hgarbell:

    Focus people...the Bulls need a SG.

  • In reply to MarkNorman:

    I didnt know Whiteside had major mental issues like that.

    If he is close or even worst than cousins I want no part of him at all.

    I didnt want a big in this draft before but if someone falls to us, I pray it isnt him.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Ya if that is how he is talking then he is in for a rude awaiting lol He probably wont even play for his 1st year or 2 lol He does have great potential but so did Tyrus. We need another NBA ready player or a SG.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    Ya i use to like Whiteside's potential but now he just sounds like a knucklehead.

  • In reply to 1096ballenf:

    I think most GM's want to pretty much know what they're going to get when they draft a prospect. All of the players are upside guys, but when I look at Whiteside, I see a guy that will rebound and block shots from day one. I don't know how much of his offensive game will translate or how long (if ever) it will take for him to develop on that side of the court. But I have no doubt in mind mind that from day one he'll rebound and do a great job blocking and changing shots. When it comes to teams selecting in the late lottery, this kid's physical gifts become far too good and valuable to pass up.

    In a draft where I think the bigs will be gone before you know it. I wouldn't be surprised if Whiteside ended up getting drafted number nine by the Jazz. That team needs a guy that can block and change shots, while not being a total zero on the boards. I don't think Whiteside is a starter in this league at this point, but he should do just fine being the first big off the bench.

  • In reply to JimmyBulls:

    With his attitude and maturity, he strikes me as the kind of guy who's going to struggle emotionally. Rack up a few fouls, and he's worthless for the whole game. Not get the playing time he thinks he deserves, and he pouts and throws temper tantrums.

    In other words, yeah, I agree with Ford. He sounds like another TT.

  • In reply to msalivar:

    He is a bust or a good player; really depends on the tude!

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