Hassan Whiteside Made an Insane Block By Simply Snatching the Ball Out of Mid-Air

Now you see it, now you don't.

With Dwyane Wade in Chicago and Chris Bosh continuing his battle with blood clots, Miami Heat big man Hassan Whiteside has quickly become the focal point of a Miami Heat team suddenly experiencing a youth movement. Playing more minutes than at any point in his five-year NBA career, Whiteside has gotten off to a torrid start, averaging 20 points per game and securing a career-high 14 rebounds. And though his blocks per game aren't quite up to snuff yet (2.6 compared to 3.7 a game a season ago), we have a feeling that's about to change, too.

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Whiteside inserted himself as an early candidate for play of the year when he snatched a floater by Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam out of mid-air on Friday night, then palmed it on his way back down to the ground to secure possession. It was an unbelievably athletic play from the Heat's 7-footer, and a glimpse at the sort of defensive monster he's quickly morphing into.

A warning to all future Heat opponents: don't bring weak stuff around Whiteside. He'll snatch it out of the heavens and never give it back.


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