Editor's Note: Hassan Whiteside's 2K rating was updated just as I submitted this article. 2K's rating adjustments are as such:
77 Overall (+2)
80 Help Defense (+16)
70 Strength (+8)
95 Hustle (+37)
80 Hands (+36)
All attributes posted below are my further suggestions on how his rating could be better (as I still think 77 OVR is not a reflection of his true value).
Hassan Whiteside's motivation for his monster game is awesome. pic.twitter.com/HC9N0ZLjBZ
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 25, 2015
I've got ya buddy.
81 Overall (+4)
These are unofficial changes, but given Whiteside's level of play I these suggested adjustments are more than fair. It's worth noting that at press-time there are only 17 centers in NBA 2K15 with an 80+ Overall rating.
43 P.Fade (+5)
68 P.Hook (+8)
62 P.Control (+7)
Whiteside has shown a competent hook, though he certainly isn't a go-to option at this stage.
40 S.Mid (+1)
25 M.3PT (-8)
50 FT (-7)
Whiteside will never be much of a shooter, but could reasonably stand to improve his FT shooting. He shot 55% in his D-League career and 58% in his one season at Marshall.
41 P.Vision (+16)
40 P.IQ (-10)
34 P.Acc (-11)
As one would expect from a player with a Yinka Dare-esque assist rate, passing will never be Whiteside's strength. He is a catch and finish player all the way, similar to Brandan Wright.
99 Box (+15)
88 OffReb (+2)
99 DefReb (+11)
Whiteside has dominated the glass and uses his size very well here. Only three qualifying players have 30+ DRB% right now: DeAndre Jordan (30.8), Andre Drummond (30.8), DeMarcus Cousins (30.7)
68 P.Percept (+8)
99 Block (+4)
74 S.Contest (+16)
67 Steal (+5)
65 DefCon (+10)
I would love to see Whiteside's Synergy data to get a better idea of each defensive attribute. It's worth noting that he does have a high foul rate and highlight tapes will skip over his mistakes. These will only go up as he accumulates more playing time and experience (hard to believe he hasn't even played 500 career minutes yet).
Fun fact: the only qualifying player in NBA history to record 10+ BLK% in a season was Manute Bol (three times). Alonzo Mourning blocked 10.2% as a backup in Miami's 2006 title run (1300 minutes, DNQ), and Serge Ibaka blocked 9.8% in 2012. Whiteside is at 11.2 BLK% right now and that's not factoring in the 12 blocks in 25 minutes he just recorded.
65 D.Dunk (-6)
75 Dur (+9) - Also raised all body part specific Durability ratings to 75 (+9)
Whiteside isn't athletic so much as he is freakishly LONG. His wingspan measures 7'7" and his standing reach is 9'5".
64 Shot IQ (-3)
60 OffCons (+5)
81 Potential (+4)
It gets frequently mentioned that Whiteside has good hands yet his current "Hands" rating is a lowly 44 in NBA 2K15.
ADD Tenacious Rebounder (Bronze)
ADD Post Lockdown Defender (Bronze)
ADD Eraser (Silver)
ADD Chasedown Artist (Bronze)
Whiteside has zero badges, but he's clearly an elite rebounder and shot blocker. Really looking forward to see his continued development. More Whiteside highlights for your viewing pleasure: