There will only be a handful of players – if any at all – in the National Basketball Association (NBA), whose career began in America, moved to different teams in Lebanon and China before finding their way back to the NBA, and are still at the top of their game, in the league where basketball is hottest compared to any other part of the world. When such players are sought after, Hassan Whiteside gets an honorable mention. Here is more about the biography of this baller, whose resilience was long before the eyes of American basketball fans, and it counts.
Hassan Whiteside Bio, Age
Hassan grew up in Gastonia, North Carolina, after being born on June 13, 1989, as one of six children in the family of Hasson Arbubakrr and Debbie Whiteside. The child and his siblings are said to have been raised by their mother most of the time, although he eventually stayed with his father.
When he reached high school age, Whiteside attended various high schools at different times depending on where and with whom he was at the time, before finally graduating from Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina after an impressive 2008-9 high school basketball season.
When Hassan Whiteside was about to go to college, various institutions such as the University of North Carolina, Auburn University, and several others in the region offered him positions, but he chose Marshall University because he signed up to play for the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball team. The young baller quickly showed how extraordinarily good he was with the ball and soon made headlines when he scored several triple-doubles, had the most blocked shots in a single season and broke some records that have been on the brink for years.
After his outstanding performances in college basketball, Hassan signed up for the 2010 NBA Draft after spending only one season (2009/10) in college.
Career Stats And Injury
The Sacramento Kings voted the Gastonia-born baller 33rd in the 2010 NBA Draft overall on June 24, 2010, and a few weeks later, in July, he signed his rookie contract worth $3.8 million with $1.76 million in guarantee money.
It turned out, however, that it wasn’t easy for Hassan to find his way and consolidate his place in the league when he set out on a merry-go-round in the cradle of his professional career. The midfielder was sent to the Reno Bighorns, a partner of the Kings in the D-League, in November 2010 before being called back to the main team in January 2011.
He only played one game in his rookie season, as he suffered a partial tendon rupture in his left knee that needed surgery to be repaired, and therefore missed out on the rest of the season. He regained his feet in January 2012 and was transferred back to Reno Bighorns before being called back to the Kings in February to be released a few months later on July 16, 2012. In December of the same year, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, which plays in the NBA G-League, brought him into the game, but soon traded him for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, with whom he would later win the D-League Championship.
Hassan then went overseas (from May 2013 until the last months of 2014) to play for Amchit Club in Lebanon, Sichuan Blue Whales in the Chinese NBL, Al Mouttahed Tripoli in Lebanon, and Jiangsu Tongxi in the Chinese NBL before returning to America to be signed by the Memphis Grizzlies on September 25, 2014. He was again abandoned and taken over by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, whereupon he was traded to Iowa Energy and moved back and forth between the two teams before the Miami Heat came to enlist his services.
Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, the player signed a two-year contract with Miami Heat on November 24, 2014, valued at $1.7 million with an average salary of $875,615. He got off to a good start in his new team, with one career highlight after another to show that his time abroad was never a waste. In his second season, Hassan sustained an injury to his left hip, which caused him to miss about 6 games, but despite this, he was able to regain his impressive form almost immediately.
After he proved to be very valuable, the Miami Heat hired Hassan Whiteside again with a 4-year contract worth $98 million, which earned him an average salary of $24 million. His new contract is going well, except for a few injuries that kept the stubborn baller from a few games. He missed 5 games in 2017 because of a knee injury, just as he missed another 9 games in 2018 because of a hip injury.
Whiteside has been a professional basketball player for more than half a decade, his career statistics in regular seasons have seen him achieve a free-throw percentage of 0.627, a field goal percentage of 0.575, rebounds per game of 11.4, points per game of 13.6 with blocks of 2.4 per game and steals per game of 0.6. All this he has recorded from the 271 games he played, from which he started 206.
At this height, Hassan Whiteside is a monster in color, as he has developed into a well-known shot-blocker and rebounder who can still hit jumpers less violently with his soft hands in short or midfield.