He did it all for the 2K rating.
Hassan Whiteside's long journey to become a productive NBA player has finally paid off after Sunday's impressive triple-double, one that saw him score 14 points, grab 13 rebounds and block a Miami Heat franchise-record 12 shots against the Chicago Bulls.
Whiteside said after his big performance that he wanted a better rating in NBA 2K15, and he got his wish Monday, with 2K upping his grade from 59 to 77.
A second-round pick in 2010, Whiteside has always had issue with his rating in the game. An avid 2K player, Whiteside took offense to his rating ahead of his sophomore season in 2011:
It seemed 2K had been correct, with Whiteside flaming out of the league later that season. From there, he plied his trade in Lebanon, China and the D-League, earning a Summer League look with the Toronto Raptors and a preseason audition with the Memphis Grizzlies, before finally landing with the Heat.
He's established himself as a capable center in January, averaging 12.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and four blocks in 21.7 minutes over nine contests in 2015, and his NBA future now seems solidified. That probably doesn't matter unless his block rating in NBA 2K16 is 100.
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