Whitehead registered 25 points (8-15 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four assists, two steals and one rebound in the 135-112 win Friday over Stockton.
The decision to move both White and Kalin Lucas down to the G League has created an enviable problem for Grand Rapids related to a glut of talented guards, but the team was able to maneuver around the issue Friday, bumping Whitehead to the small forward position. The end result saw the 6-foot-3 scorer tally his second-highest point total of the season.
Whitehead finished Wednesday's win over Santa Cruz with 24 points (8-19 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-10 FT), six rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block.
The two-way player has played sparingly with Grand Rapids, participating in 15 games this season. In those contests, he's averaging 17.0 points, 4.9 assists and 4.1 rebounds, so his totals Wednesday should come as no surprise given he received a healthy workload.
Whitehead scored 22 points (8-24 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the loss Tuesday to the Blue Coats.
The guard started at small forward and wound up leading his team in scoring, but that was in large part thanks to his sheer amount of attempts, as he only connected on 33 percent of his shots. The Drive have struggled to field a full roster for much of the season, so expect Grand Rapids to rely heavily on their new forward despite his two-way status.
After being drafted by the Nets in 2016, Whiteside found very little NBA success and ended up signing on with the Russian club Lokomotiv Kuban in August on 2018. Now, after parting ways with the club just over a week ago, Whitehead is going to get another chance at the NBA in Detroit. The Pistons, however, are very deep in the backcourt, so Whitehead will likely be spending majority of 2019 with the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League.
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