Miami Heat 1-on-1: The current state of the 2018-19 team

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 2: the the Miami Heat huddle up during a pre-season game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 2, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 2: the the Miami Heat huddle up during a pre-season game against the Charlotte Hornets on October 2, 2018 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside and Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard run drills during practice on the second day of Miami Heat training camp in preparation for the 2018-19 NBA season at FAU Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Boca Raton, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside and Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard run drills during practice on the second day of Miami Heat training camp in preparation for the 2018-19 NBA season at FAU Arena on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 in Boca Raton, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images) /

Do you think Hassan Whiteside is going to have a comeback season?

Tachauer: Oh absolutely. And I’ll shout it from the rooftops for as long as I have to, until everyone gets on board with my mindset. Hassan Whiteside is done playing games. He’s sick of being underrated. He’s had enough of the doubters. He’s coming back better than ever, and Heat Nation needs to start getting used to the idea. NBA preseason may not always be a great indicator of what’s to come, but the Whiteside we’ve seen so far, is only the tip of iceberg when it comes to the player he’s going to grow into this season. He worked on himself this summer, both mentally and physically, and it shows. I’m all in for Whiteside’s comeback tour.

Ebrahim: This depends on what you categorize as a “comeback” season. Do I believe he’ll prove to be the player that Miami invested all that capital into? There’s a chance. But we haven’t heard him “doing it with blocks” in a long time. So do I believe he’ll play better than the last time we saw him? Really, how could he be worse? On a team with Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk, he’ll never get the type of playing time he wants, or the type of offense that flows through him. Adebayo is more athletic; Olynyk is the more skilled passer and shooter. With the way the offense stagnates when he’s featured, I can see him bouncing back, but not enough to validate his max deal. It also lands on his shoulders to re-invent the way he plays offense. If he’s able to become a better passer or space out the floor (like he’s been pining to do), then there’s a chance we could see him make the All-Star team. But from what I’ve seen from him since he got that contract, it doesn’t seem like that’ll be the case.