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October 22, 2020

Coach Pop: Derrick White is a heck of a story

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When the Spurs starting point guard Dejounte Murray went down. Having a torn ACL injury, the Spurs had to turn out to Derrick White. A second-year guard, the Spurs picked 29th overall in 2017. White spent most of his first season in G League. On his second year in a Summer League stint, White shows improvements scoring 18 points in five games.

White was asked to fulfill his duty to run a team last year. Then to lead an NBA team on that stage of his career White blossomed into a vital player for San Antonio.

When Pop asked by reporters if he saw White steady growth in the court is coming he answered “No, he’s had steady progress, but he is one of those guys, he’s started out in Division II and ended up playing on our G League team for a couple of years and he just seemed to bet better year by year, week by week.

Last season, White played 67 games with 55 starts. He had an average of 9.9 points, 3.7 boards, 3.9 assists, and a steal per game. White shooting 48% from the field 77% in free throw and 34% from downtown. All career-high for him, he recorded 6 blocks against Atlanta the first under 6’6″ to do it. The playoff was his best game so far where he exploded in-game three for 36 points. White received praises from his veterans teammate for his hard work.

When he is out there, he is extremely poised,” DeRozan said. ” He understands when to come through with big plays defensively and offensively which is what he did”.

This offseason, White was named to the USA select team. After receiving praise from teammates, and coaches he is promoted to World Cup team roster. It’s a quite rise for White who played from Divison II, to lead Spurs G League into a title. He can also add a gold medal in the World Cup as he is included in the final roster. It’s an amazing journey at this stage of his young career.

We brought him on the select team just to scrimmage against the main team and he played so well that he moved up. So he’s a heck of a story” Pop said.

Source: Jeff Garcia

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