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Hassan Whiteside named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

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Heat center wins award after guiding team to 2-1 record last week.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has named Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19. This is the first time he has been named Player of the Week in his career.

Whiteside helped guide the Heat to a 2-1 record and averaged 20.0 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.67 blocks while shooting an NBA-high 73 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the foul line. In the process he became only the second player in team history to grab 900 rebounds in a season, joining Rony Seikaly (1991-92) according to the NBA.

Not only did Whiteside win the award, point guard Goran Dragic was also one of the players listed by the NBA as a nominee. This is the second time a Heat player has won the award this season, joining Dion Waiters from January 30, and the 55th time in franchise history.

The NBA broke down his week’s performance as follows:

March 15 vs. New Orleans: Scored 20 points on 9-for-11 shooting and grabbed 17 rebounds in a 120-112 win over the Pelicans.

March 17 vs. Minnesota: Shot 10-for-11 from the field and scored 23 points to go with 14 boards in a 123-105 win over the Timberwolves.

March 19 vs. Portland: Tallied 17 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in a 115-104 loss to the Trail Blazers.

Among league leaders this season, Whiteside ranks first in rebounds per game (14.2), third in total rebounds (922), third in blocks per game (2.11), fourth in total blocks (137), tied for fourth in double-doubles (48) and eighth in field goal percentage (.561) according to the Heat.

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers won the award for the Western Conference.