The Miami Heat are likely to deal Hassan Whiteside before they lose him in the off-seaosn for nothing as soon as they realize they’re better without him.
Last week, ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh joined the 790 the Ticket’s morning show crew to discuss the conundrum the Miami Heat finds itself in and what story the numbers tell regarding the Heat with/without Whiteside. “When you look at the numbers, with Whiteside on the floor, Dwyane Wade scores just 20.6 points per every 36 minutes, and the Heat get outscored by 44 points. When Whiteside is off the floor, Dwyane Wade is averaging 26 points per every 36 minutes, and the Heat are outscoring opponents by two points,” Haberstroh said.In addition to dropping those concerning Wade-Whiteside stats on Heat fans’ laps, Haberstroh also touched on how Whiteside’s presence in the paint on offense might be doing more harm than good regarding the style the Heat wants to play with Goran Dragic.”I think when it comes to Goran, he’s one of the best finishers in the league at the rim when he’s healthy,” Haberstroh said. “It comes down to if you have one less big body that you have to deal with down there in the paint, it’s going to be much easier for him to score”
Miami’s defensive rating is also better with Whiteside off the floor and Winslow on at a staggering 80.2 Def Reb %.