5 Reasons Why Hassan Whiteside Deserves This Year’s Most Improved Player Award

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2. Rapid Emergence

The fact of the matter is, Whiteside came out of nowhere.

This is a guy who wasn’t even a blip on the NBA’s radar before the last couple of months. He emerged from obscurity and has become one of the league’s most dominant forces on both sides of the court.

Of recent sensations, Jeremy Lin is the most comparable. During the 2011-12 season, Lin took the NBA by storm when he too rose from little-known bench player into becoming arguably his team’s most valuable player. The point guard would end up finishing the season sixth in the voting for the Most Improved Player award.

While Lin posted nice averages of 14.6 points and 6.2 assists per game, it’s nowhere near the dominance that Whiteside has displayed for the Heat so far this season.

Lin led a mediocre New York Knicks team to victories. Whiteside is breaking records.

Therein lies the key difference.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.