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The real reason Hassan Whiteside doesn’t get clutch minutes has nothing to do with small ball

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Whiteside may dominate in many areas, but he fails in one crucial part of the game.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Hassan Whiteside has only himself to blame for the Miami Heat not trusting him on the court in late game situations, and it has little to do with speed or going small.

The real issue with Whiteside comes from his not being careful with the ball when he gets it in the paint.

In truth Whiteside has the second highest usage rate of the regulars, and he’s careless with it when he’s put under pressure.

Among rotation players, Hassan is only one with an assist/turnover ratio under 1 and has the highest turnover ratio when entrusted with the basketball.

Heat Net Ratings in March 2018

PLAYER ORTG DRTG NRTG A/TO REB% TO% TS% USG%
PLAYER ORTG DRTG NRTG A/TO REB% TO% TS% USG%
Kelly Olynyk 116.2 100.0 16.1 2.43 15.0 10.7 65.5 22.7
Justise Winslow 109.9 100.0 9.9 2.53 12.2 6.9 54.5 18.0
Goran Dragic 111.9 104.9 7.0 2.21 6.7 9.8 57.7 23.7
James Johnson 112.6 105.9 6.7 2.79 11.4 9.8 65.7 17.9
Rodney McGruder 111.8 105.8 6.0 3.67 6.4 4.2 57.1 11.7
Josh Richardson 108.8 104.2 4.5 2.00 7.3 9.4 55.4 18.5
Dwyane Wade 103.3 99.8 3.4 1.57 7.5 11.0 49.1 30.2
Tyler Johnson 108.0 104.6 3.4 3.44 6.2 5.0 57.9 18.4
Luke Babbitt 106.6 106.5 0.1 1.00 3.0 5.9 40.0 16.1
Bam Adebayo 104.5 106.1 -1.6 1.08 17.4 11.5 44.2 17.4
Hassan Whiteside 104.7 112.1 -7.4 0.63 22.9 15.1 58.7 25.8
Jordan Mickey 80.7 101.8 -21.0 0.00 11.4 14.4 46.3 16.8
Derrick Walton Jr. 22.5 55.6 -33.0 0.00 30.8 0.0 113.6 8.9
Derrick Jones Jr. 62.7 100.9 -38.2 0.00 20.0 0.0 33.3 20.3
Udonis Haslem 62.1 113.4 -51.3 0.00 8.3 0.0 14.3 18.8

This not-so-funny video illustrates Whiteside’s tenuous grasp of basketball principles at the NBA level.

As side note, the net ratings show why the bottom four players see very little floor time.

While both Bam Adebayo and Whiteside excel at rebounding, they have negative net ratings, and are near the bottom in defensive ratings for the month of March.

Until Whiteside straightens out his priorities, he’ll worry about the pebbles in his sneakers, rather than the mountains of the NBA.

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali

If Hassan and Bam think about being careful when they’re given the responsibility of handling the ball, the minutes will come to them.