Does DJ Khaled have a positive impact on Hassan Whiteside?

Tuesday December 29th, 2015

Miami-based producer/mogul/Snapchat legend DJ Khaled is a very big supporter of his Miami Heat, and a friend to many of the players on the team. His best friend, perhaps, is center Hassan Whiteside, who has made regular appearances on his critically-acclaimed Snapchat stories.

Whiteside appeared in the music video for “I Don’t Play About My Paper,” a song on Khaled’s new album, I Changed A Lot, and frequently spends time at the producer’s house.

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As it turns out, Whiteside has benefited from DJ Khaled’s presence at Heat games:

The Whiteside-Khaled Connection
Whiteside in 2015 games attended by DJ Khaled
game result points rebounds blocks
Nov. 8 vs. TOR W, 96–76 20 11 6
Dec. 5 vs. CLE W, 99–84 7 9 5
Dec. 22 vs. DET L, 93–92 16 16 4
Dec. 25 vs. NO W, 94–88 OT 8 17 4
AVERAGES   12.8 13.3 4.8

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As you can see, Whiteside has surpassed his season averages (12.6, 11.0 & 4.0) when Khaled stops by American Airlines Arena.

It gets even better — Whiteside has averaged 14.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game in the three games he’s played after hanging out with DJ Khaled the night before.

Whiteside after visiting DJ Khaled’s House
Dec. 12 Dec. 13 vs. MEM 9 11 0
Dec. 20 Dec. 22 vs. DET 16 16 4
Dec. 27 Dec. 28 vs. BKN 18 11 5
AVERAGES   14.3 12.7 3.0

Aside from that Dec. 13 game against the Grizzlies, Whiteside has been a menace after eating Chef Dee’s cooking, taking a soak in Khaled’s hot tub and embracing his lion statue.

We’ll see if this trend continues throughout the season, but one thing is certain, so far the relationship that the 26-year-old bigman has with Snapchat’s king is a major key to his success.

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