- Jimmy Butler Takes Direct Shot at T.J. Warren via Social Media
- Jimmy Butler Tears Apart T.J. Warren in Expletive-Laced Rant: ‘He’s Trash’
- T.J. Warren Threatens to Beat Jimmy Butler’s ‘F—— A–,’ Gets Ejected Shortly Afterwards
- Report: Miami Heat Sign Gabe Vincent to Two-Way Contract, Drop Daryl Macon
- Report: Dwyane Wade to Produce New Docuseries Featuring Zaire Wade
- Report: Miami Heat Announce Dwyane Wade’s 3 Day Retirement Ceremony Plans
- Miami Heat News: Justise Winslow, Jimmy Butler Set to Return Wednesday vs. Indiana Pacers
- Report: Miami Heat ‘Most Dangerous Team’ to Make Deal Going Forward
- Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving Laud Tyler Herro With Words of Praise
- Hassan Whiteside Dedicates Social Media Post to Former Miami Heat Teammates
Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets Playoff Preview: Player vs. Player Breakdown
- Updated: April 16, 2016
5. Hassan Whiteside vs. Cody Zeller
There’s no debate that Whiteside is the better center here. Zeller isn’t bad, but Whiteside outweighs Charlotte’s starting center in points (14.3), rebounds (11.8) and blocks (3.7).
Zeller does, however, top the Heat’s big man in one area: speed. The third-year pro is the fastest center in the league, which might give Whiteside some trouble. Zeller’s ability to get to both sides of the court so quickly may drain Whiteside from the beginning of the game and really force him to earn his points. Another glaring fact that may be an issue for Whiteside is his lack of postseason experience. The 7-footer is the only player of both starting lineups to never play in the playoffs.
Apart from that, the Marshall University product should have a strong showing in his first playoff series. Earlier in the season, the league’s leading shot blocker accumulated one of his triple-doubles against the Hornets. Zeller’s advantages are just easily trumped by Whiteside’s dominant defensive skills and growing offensive array.