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Key Underdogs For NBA Playoff Teams

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7th seed – Miami Heat, Hassan Whiteside

Hassan Whiteside is probably the biggest surprise of the season from being plucked out of nowhere by the Miami Heat to producing nightly double doubles. Whiteside has been a beast in the defensive end averaging 2.5 blocks after 40 games. To put it in perspective, had he met the required number of games to qualify for the league leaders chart now, he would have been at the second spot behind Anthony Davis. He is Miami`s lone rim protector and they will heavily rely on him come postseason to protect the paint. The playoffs is a totally different monster than the regular season so it`s going to be Whiteside against himself if he truly wants to stay on the court.

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