Newcomer Hassan Whiteside is tasked with holding down the post until Jusuf Nurkic returns to the Trail Blazers’ lineup. Regardless of his reputation as defense-first center, Whiteside expressed optimism in regards to his potential production on offense in a conversation with The Athletic’s Jason Quick.
Whiteside, who averaged 0.8 assists per game last season with the Heat, explained that he is a threat to occasionally post double-digit assist totals in Portland.
“I think I’m going to blossom a lot here,” Whiteside said. “They have so much movement, they have so many different plays and reads, I can probably get a triple-double with assists here. You know, I’ve been getting so many assists and dimes … I’m playing more like a point-center here.”
Along with that prediction, Whiteside made it clear that he is a huge fan of coach Terry Stotts’ free-flowing offense.
“I love passing,” Whiteside said back in July. “I love looking for the opportunity. The offense they got has so much movement… it’s just a way different thing than just the standard pick-and-roll, pick-and-roll, pick-and-roll. I’ve been looking at the offense a lot, and there’s a reason it was top three in the NBA.”
Regardless of who is doing the passing, Whiteside has the potential to bounce back from a less-than-ideal 2018-19 campaign with feature role inside the Blazers’ scheme.
You can read Quick’s full story at The Athletic (subscription required).