Hassan Whiteside is an American basketball player who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Over the course of 10 years, which he has spent playing in the NBA, Whiteside has established himself as one of the top rising stars. A gallant centerman, Whitesand who stands at a towering 7 feet, is taller than most NBA players and he has used this gift which nature had provided him to the maximum. In 2017, it came as no surprise when the man who his widely known for his height led the entire NBA in rebounding. Since then, Whiteside has been on a fiery run. In this article on Hassan Whiteside biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life, we review the life and profile of the fast-rising NBA player.
Hassan Whiteside Biography Facts, Age, Measurements, Family, Wife, Kids
- Full Name: Hassan Niam Whiteside
- Nickname: Young Whiteside
- Birthday: June 13, 1989
- Age: 31 years
- Place of Birth: Gastonia, North Carolina, United States of America
- Nationality: American
- Height: 7 feet
- Shoe Size: 16
- Weight: 265 Ibs (120 kg)
- Wingspan: 2.31m
- Education: The Patterson School, Marshall University
- Parents: Hasson Arbubakrr (father), Debbie Whiteside (mother)
- Marital Status: Single
- Partner: Ashley Ariza (girlfriend)
- Kids: Jayden Legend Whiteside
- Siblings: Anthony Whiteside (brother), Darius Whiteside (brother), Nassan Whiteside (brother), Omaris Whiteside (brother), Jovanna Whiteside (sister), Danny Whiteside (brother)
- Net worth: $16 million
- Occupation: Basketball Player
- Current Team: Portland Trail Blazers
- Playing Career: 2010–present
Hassan Whiteside Childhood Story, Family Background & Early Life
Born on 13 June 1989, Hassan Niam Whiteside is one of 7 children who was raised by his mother, Debbie Whiteside, a single mother. Hassan had a rough childhood as his mother solely catered to the needs of 7 children. He, however, took interest in sport, which served as a way of dealing with the challenges of his childhood.
Hassan Whiteside Highschool Career
When he got to high school, Hassan’s interest in basketball increased as he began playing in tournaments. In his junior year in high school, he stayed with his father in New Jersey where he attended East Side High School, where he played basketball. He returned to North Carolina afterwards and attended Hope Christian Academy before moving on to The Patterson School in 2008/09. At Patterson, Whiteside played prepped basketball and led his school to 34 victories in 36 games, which made them number 1 in the country. He was thus ranked the 19th best centre in the high school class of 2009 by Scouts.com, while Rivals.com rated him 87th in the high school recruit class of 2009.
Hassan Whiteside College Career Highlights & Achievements
Despite offers from the University of South Carolina, Auburn University, University of Kentucky and Mississippi State University, Whiteside chose to attend Marshall University. When he began playing in the 2009/10 season, Whiteside was relatively unknown, but by December, he had already been thrust into the national spotlight.
In the December 2009 edition of ESPN The Magazine’s College Basketball column, Whiteside was featured. He had three triple-doubles in the season and by the end of the season, he topped the blocked shots charts with 182 blocked shots, which broke the record for most blocked shots in a season in the Conference USA. It was also the most blocked shots in a season ever recorded for a freshman. Following this, Whiteside receiving praises from plaudits. Riding high in the new momentum he created, he decided to forgo his remaining three years of college eligibility and entered the 2010 NBA Draft.
Hassan Whiteside Professional/NBA Career Highlights & Achievements
Sacramento Kings (2010–2012)
In the 2010 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings picked Whiteside as it’s 33rd overall pick. In his rookie season, he featured in just the season-opening game for the kings. Whiteside then went on to play for the Reno Bighorn in the NBA G League from November 2010 to January 2011. He came down with an injury, which saw him out of action for about 6 months. In the 2011/12 lockout season, Whiteside continued playing for the Reno Bighorns but featured in just 18 games for the Sacramento Kings. In July 2012, the Sacramento Kings waived Whiteside’s contract.
D-League, Lebanon and China (2012–2014)
In December 2012, NBA Development League team, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, signed Whiteside. By January 2013, he moved to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Before the League began, he moved again to Amchit Club, a Lebanese club. After playing just three games for Amchit, Whiteside moved on to Chinese basketball club, the Sichuan Blue Whales. In 27 games played for the Blue Whales, Whiteside had an average of 25.7 points and 16.6 rebounds. In November 2014, Whiteside was on the move again, back to Lebanon, where he played for Al Mouttahed Tripoli. By April 2014, he returned to China, where he played for Jiangsu Tongxi.
Following his time at Jiangsu Tongxi, he went on to play for NBA team, Toronto Raptors in the Summer League and spent the pre-season with the Memphis Grizzlies. In November 2014, he joined Development League team, Iowa Energy, but was soon called up by the Memphis Grizzlies after most of their squad went down with an injury. A day after he was called up, the Grizzlies waived him and he returned to play in the Development League for the Iowa Energy.
Miami Heat (2014–2019)
In November 2014, the Miami Heat signed Whiteside. He was sent to play for the Sioux Falls Skyforce but was called back two days later. In January 2015, he recorded his first NBA double-double. He then went on to record his first triple-double in January. Whiteside had a really good season where he had a 90% field goal shooting but was involved in several disciplinary issues such as his altercation with Phoenix Suns player, Alex Lens, which resulted in a $15,000 fine. At the end of the 2014/15 season, Whiteside emerged fourth in the Most Improved Playing voting list.
In the 2015/16 season, Whiteside was back in top form, reaching 1000 rebounds in 85 games, the fastest for a Miami Heats player. He was then named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. In the first round of the playoffs, Whiteside debuted in the postseason game. In July 2016, Whiteside agreed to a four year deal with the Miami Heat worth $98 million.
In a game against the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2016/17 season, White recorded 30 points and 27 rebounds in 27 minutes, making him the second player to have ever done so in the NBA. In April 2017, he became the first Miami Heat player to register 1000 points and 1000 rebounds in a season, he also finished the season as the NBA rebound champion. In the 2017/18 season, Whiteside’s performance was impeded by left knee and hip injuries.
In the 2018/19 season, Whiteside was in good form, he had already amassed 8 blocked shots in the first half of the season, the highest for a Miami Heats player. He came down with a hip injury which once again impeded his game as he was given the reserve role.
Portland Trail Blazers (2019–date)
In July 2019, in a four-team trade, involving the Miami Heats, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers, Whiteside was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hassan Whiteside Net Worth, Salary & Endorsement
Hassan Whiteside’s net worth is currently estimated to be $16 million. In 2020, he’ll receive $27.09 million in salary. He has endorsement deals with Nike, Harman International and Panini.
Hassan Whiteside Personal Life & Trivia
Whiteside has a child named Jayden Legend Whiteside, with his girlfriend, Ashly Ariza, who he has been dating since 2016.
Whiteside’s father, Hassan Arbubakrr, played American football in the National Football League (NFL), for the Minnesota Vikings and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His younger brother, Nassan Whiteside is autistic.
Whiteside owns a non-profit organization named, Nassan Place which provides affordable care for children from low and moderate-income families.
In the trial of his embattled lawyer, Michael Avenatti, it was revealed that Whiteside’s $3 million settlement with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Gardner, which was paid to Avenatti, was embezzled by the lawyer. All except $194,000 was embezzled. The fraud came to light in April 2019, during the grand jury indictment of the lawyer.
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