Hassan Whiteside needed all of 18 games to record his first triple-double with the Miami Heat and enter the team's record books.
The 25-year-old only played 25 minutes Sunday in a 96-84 win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center, but he still managed to rack up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks off the bench:
According to ESPN Stats & Info, the last player with a stat line like that was Shawn Bradley over a decade ago:
The 12 blocks were also a franchise record:
Alonzo Mourning, who blocked nine shots six different times, held the previous record. Whiteside's record-breaking swat came on a layup attempt by Pau Gasol in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. There was some question as to whether he was guilty of goaltending, but an official review revealed Whiteside cleanly blocked Gasol:
After the game, Whiteside admitted he's hoping the strong performance will help out the virtual version of himself, he revealed after the game:
NBA 2K made sure the center knew his hard work wasn't going unnoticed:
Since arriving in Miami, Whiteside has provided an immediate impact for the Heat, especially on the defensive end of the floor. Entering Sunday, he averaged 7.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and two blocks a game in 15.5 minutes a night.
NBA.com's David Aldridge is one of many befuddled by his sudden emergence:
Will Manso of Sun Sports in Miami acknowledged the work Juwan Howard has done to help Whiteside develop as a player:
After the departure of LeBron James, the 2014-15 NBA season hasn't gone according to plan for the Heat. Following Sunday's victory, they still remain seventh in the Eastern Conference at 20-24.
Whiteside has been a massive surprise, though, and more than makes up for some of Miami's larger problems on the court.