The Knicks, Bucks and Heat are among the teams that have expressed interest in free agent Hassan Whiteside, according to a source.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 4, 2013
At first glance Hassan Whiteside looks like a great prospect. His size (7 feet) and length make him an intimidating shot blocker who can run the floor well. His offense his raw, but at such a young age (24)he can grow into a serviceable player in the NBA if he works hard on rebounding, boxing out and blocking shots. In a nutshell, he needs to become a better defensive player to carve out his niche in this league. You cannot teach height, but you can teach the game.
However, Hassan has not developed into the player he could be. He has bounced around the D-League and last played in China. Now that training camp is right around the corner, many teams are looking for “diamonds in the rough” type of players. Is Hassan that type of player?
In his short NBA career Hassan has not shown the ability to contribute on the NBA level. Can and will he? This is a question that Hassan can only answer. He certainly has the ability and most importantly the size at 7 feet to be an NBA player for many years. If the Knicks are looking for a center to add depth to their team, they better find a player that it not a project.
They have one roster spot available. My choice, Earl Barron, is still on the market, and will be snatched up if the Knicks do not act soon.