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Derrick White, SAN: White finally made his season debut Nov. 7, and after a quiet 16 minutes in that contest, he's been in the starting lineup over the last two games. White has parlayed the extended opportunity into averages of 12.5 points, 6.5 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 28.0 minutes over that brief stretch, and he appears set to remain on the first unit moving forward. On a starting five with three talented scorers to dish the ball to in DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Rudy Gay, White should continue to have plenty of opportunities for assists while also providing strong supplemental offense himself.
Collin Sexton, CLE: Sexton is making good use of a starting opportunity thus far in the wake of George Hill's shoulder injury, as he's averaged 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Sexton is doing a little more shooting and a little less facilitating than the typical point guard. Though his first three games in the starting lineup, he's taken 14, 16 and 18 shots, connecting at a 45.8 percent clip. With Hill slated to miss at least two weeks, Sexton's run with the top unit should continue, and it's possible he could hold onto the job once Hill is back.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, LAC: Speaking of rookie point guards, Gilgeous-Alexander also finds himself in such a position out West