Originally Posted by OlDirtyReseller
I think more of Hassan's perceived problems are team problems. His numbers as a whole has gone down because our team is suffering in so many ways. We have been force feeding him at times in the paint, late in the shot clock and hoping for some easy points but our off-ball movement and spacing is so bad that we've been getting the results of living and dying on this kind of Iso ball. As of late, Whiteside post-ups have been amounting in TO's but I don't think he is turnover prone, I just think the lack of offensive flow effects him moreso than the others. Everybody in our starting line-up is having a statistically worse year than last year, not just Hassan. There are instances where I trust my eye test over statistics and this is one of them, statistics also show that we are better without Tj and Wade on the court... and I don't see that, I see more team problems. This year we've already had multiple 20 and over TO games and a ton of very high TO games, I think that has to do more with a lack of off-ball movement and iso ball than it does Hassan. At the pace that we play, we shouldn't have anywhere near that many.In my opinion, Whiteside has a good offensive game and great touch for a big man but is still very raw in certain areas.
His free throw shooting is nowhere near bad enough for us to keep him out of forth quarters, we need to show him some more trust in that area as well. If he slows down the offense then I don't really think he does it by much, we're still pretty slow without him(also that full quote by Wade doesn't seem as bad as the one that has been hitting Twitter). Whiteside is the only player on our team that consistently attracts double-triple coverage, if we had an actual offense or offensive mind, I think that is something we could exploit and make a great offense out of. Hassan definitely needs to get better at passing but he doesn't need the craftiness of Marc Gasol to be effective, just needs to adjust his game as we do as well
We'll just have to agree to disagree on Whiteside's offense. I don't think Whiteside has a good offensive game at this point. He has potential to be better as you stated, but right now he's better suited to be a lob and dunk player. In double team situations I agree he has a strong upside. They should actually try to get him to re-post after initially passing out of the double team. His passing is terrible tho. Which is another problem.
You may be onto something in terms of offensive flow affecting Whiteside more than other player. When the ball moves he should be able to get easier buckets. He struggles if you continually go to him for points in the post especially in low clock situations.
As for free throws, Whiteside at 50.6% is shooting a lower % than Dwight Howard. One of the worst free throw shooters in the league. If he's gonna play down the stretch in the 4th he has to bring that up.
I actually liked the Heat's ball movement against Charlotte and Boston. They had 25/23 assist, but sill lost those games. They are at the bottom overall in terms of assist per game only averaging 19 a game.
This is where Spo has to figure things out. They are actually down from last season...
Out of the 9 teams the Heat have lost to, 4 of them are top 15 in 3 point shooting%. Cleveland, Indiana, Hornets, and Wizards. 7 of those teams have stretch 4's who could shoot. So whatever Spo does, he has to get Whiteside in positions to defend on the perimeter, and get the team the share the ball more. The ball can not stick. The Heat have looked their best when there is balance scoring the ball.
After looking at the stats, the Heat are actually not doing that bad with turnovers. They are the 2nd best teams in terms of total turnovers thus far this season with 14 per game... better than the Warriors. I guess they just have been sloppy as of late averaging 17 TO's per game. Whiteside had 6 against Charlotte and Dragic had 5 against Indiana. Edited by SpottieOttie305 - 12/13/15 at 2:07pm