Hassan Whiteside Shows Off Rebounding Champion Award, Says More Awards to Come

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Hassan Whiteside showed off his latest award, the 2016-17 NBA Rebounding Champion, on social media on Monday and let fans know there will be more trophies to follow.

Miami Heat‘s star center averaged a league-high 14.1 rebounds per game this past season, after averaging the most blocks in the league two seasons ago (3.7 per game).

“It’s just about numbers and results,” Whiteside said. “You know, you led the NBA in rebounding. Last year [2015-16], was blocks. I’m going to get another block one. But last year’s team needed more rebounding.”

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“Appreciate it, NBA. There are my favorite awards to win,” Whiteside said. “It’s not about votes. It’s not about favoritism.”

The 28-year-old was notably left off the All-Star team and did not earn an All-NBA team spot this past year, despite averaging 17.0 points to go along with the most rebounds per game in the league. Those selections are made based on fan and media voting which is why Whiteside said he appreciates the statistics-based awards more.

What awards does Whiteside plan on adding to his collection next? Interestingly, the Marshall University product could be chasing steals and more blocks next season.

“I don’t know what they’re going to need. They might need more steals,” Whiteside said. “I’m definitely going to get another shot-blocking one. It’s in my room right now. I’m gonna give him a twin.”

The Heat’s training camp is only five weeks away and their star center already is eager for another dominant season.
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