Toronto Raptors: Three centres the Raptors could get to replace Serge Ibaka

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Hassan Whiteside

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Hassan Whiteside had a good regular season with the Portland Trail Blazers. Last season, he averaged 15.5 PPG and 13.5 RPG.

But he didn’t have good playoffs this season. Whiteside averaged 6.8 PPG and seven RPG.

The reason his numbers went down due to the return of Jusuf Nurkic who was out for most of the season because he suffered a compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula in the 2018-19 season.

With the Trail Blazers getting Enes Kanter and still have Nurkic on the team, Whiteside is now looking for a new team. That new team could be the Toronto Raptors.

Raptors coach Nick Nurse is familiar with Whiteside. Nurse coached Whiteside when he played for Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA D-League which is now the NBA G League.

The Vipers won the 2012-13 D-League championship with Nurse as the head coach. Whiteside averaged 5.7 PPG and 4.7 RPG for the Vipers.

He is not the same type of player that Ibaka was for Toronto, but he can give us the same type of numbers that Ibaka put last year.

He will most likely get a two-year contract that has a player or team option because of next year’s free agency. But for Whiteside, this is an opportunity for him to play well with a contender and an opportunity to get paid more next year.