- Miami Heat News: Heat Exercise Fourth-Year Option on Bam Adebayo
- Miami Heat News: American Airlines Arena to Change Name Starting Next Season
- Tyler Herro Agrees That He’ll Be NBA Rookie With ‘Most Drip’
- Goran Dragic Says Surgically Repaired Knee ‘Way Stronger’ Than Last Season
- Dwyane Wade Discusses Why He Absolutely ‘Had to Bring a Championship’ to Miami Heat
- Dwyane Wade Seriously Interested in Owning NFL Team With Rick Ross
- Chris Bosh Eligible to Go to Hall of Fame in Same Class as Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan
- Report: NBA Will No Longer Allow ‘Ninja-Style’ Headbands Jimmy Butler Wore Last Season
- Dwyane Wade: ‘I Think L.A. Is Going to Win the Championship’
- Dwyane Wade Hints at Possible Comeback From Retirement: ‘Never Say Never’
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.