Derrick White

Derrick White

27-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
White might be the player that benefits the most from DeMar DeRozan's departure to the Heat, as he suddenly finds himself in a position to be one of the alpha dogs on the Spurs offense. He's coming off a strong 2020-21 season that saw him deliver career-best figures in both points (15.4) and three-pointers made (2.3) per game. The fifth-year pro out of Colorado is not the most efficient scorer out there, and his field goal percentage has been trending in the wrong direction ever since he started his NBA career, so he will probably need a lot of volume to become a reliable scoring threat. Fortunately for him, the Spurs now have a big hole on offense following DeRozan's departure, and White showed enough improvement as a player last season to believe he can be an effective replacement, or at least mitigate some of the impact caused by the departure of DeRozan. While fantasy owners should be cautious when drafting White, he should be a good enough scorer to be a mid-round selection, especially considering he can also bring other things to the table such as passing (has dished out at least three dimes per game in each of the last three seasons) and defense (combined 1.7 blocks and steals per game in 2020-21). He might not be ready to become a star in the league just yet, but he should a more-than-serviceable fantasy asset. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $73 million contract extension with the Spurs in December of 2020.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

White was born in Parker, Colorado, to Colleen and Richard White in 1994. He has an older sister, Brianna. White attended Legend High School in Parker. He stood under six feet until his senior year and was lightly recruited as a basketball player. By the time he enrolled in college, he had sprouted to his current height of 6-foot-4. White played on the varsity basketball team at Legend during each of his four years there. As a senior, he posted per-game averages of 17.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals. White has taken part in multiple charitable events since reaching the NBA. In 2019, he joined Spurs teammates for the annual Champions Against Hunger Dinner in conjunction with the San Antonio Food Bank. Learn more about White by following him on Twitter (@Dwhite921) and Instagram (@dwhite921). White led the University of Colorado with 18.1 points, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game in his senior year, the 2016-17 season. He was named to both the All Pac-12 Conference and All Pac-12 Tournament First Team, while also earning honors as member of the Pac-12 All-Defense team. He was the Pac-12's second-leading scorer during the conference season with 18.5 points per game. The guard was one of only two players in the Pac 12, joining Washington's Markelle Fultz, to rank in the top 10 in scoring, assists and blocked shots. White helped lead the Buffaloes to the 2017 NIT, where they lost to the University of Central Florida in the first round. White played his first three seasons of college basketball at Colorado-Colorado Springs before transferring to the University of Colorado. At UCCS, he garnered NCAA Division II All-American honors in his sophomore and junior seasons. The Parker, Colorado native was selected in the first round (29th overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Scores 14, returns to starting role
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 17, 2022
White provided 14 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and seven assists across 30 minutes during Monday's 121-107 loss to Phoenix.
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White came off the bench for the first time all season in his previous contest, but that was due to the fact that he was coming off a five-game absence while in COVID protocols. The guard was back to his usual role in the starting unit Monday, and he produced a useful stat line that included a team-high seven assists. White's 5.5 dimes per game on the campaign is the best mark of his career, and he has complemented his work as a distributor with 14.6 points, 3.4 boards, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.2 steals per game.
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After starting 55 games in his second career NBA season, White started just 20 times last year, though he remained a significant part of the Spurs' rotation, with his minutes per game dipping only slightly from 25.8 to 24.7. His scoring improved noticeably, presumably due both to natural development and due to playing more of his minutes against opposing bench units, as he scored 11.3 points per game after finishing with 9.9 in the previous campaign. Some of that is thanks to a small bump in his usage rate, which increased from 17.7 percent to 18.9 percent. More of it has to do with his improved performance from beyond the arc, however, as he increased his three-point percentage from 33.8 percent to 36.6 percent while increasing his attempts per game from 2.1 to 3.2. He also improved at the free throw line, seeing his percentage from the stripe jump from 77.2 percent to 85.3 percent, which indicates that he did in fact improve as a shooter and wasn't just facing softer defense. That's an encouraging sign should he wind up back as a starter this season, as he was down the stretch. He did undergo toe surgery in August, though whether or not that will affect him at the start of the upcoming campaign is not clear.
White took a big step forward in his second year with San Antonio, averaging 25.8 minutes across 67 contests, starting 55 of them. He averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds -- all career highs. He also contributed 1.7 combined blocks/steals and shot a respectable 47.9 field goal percentage and 33.8 three-point percentage. White showed off his all-around game as a sophomore, with the ability to play both ends of the court at a high level and contribute valuable numbers across multiple categories. He turned his scoring up in the playoffs, averaging 15.1 points in seven games against Denver, displaying his upside with a 36-point, five-rebound, five-assist explosion in Game 3. White will look to carry the momentum from a big season into 2019-20. The return of point guard Dejounte Murray to the backcourt could cut into White's overall production, but the latter is still a breakout candidate as the Spurs' starting two-guard.
White was selected by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He was a standout performer at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs in Division II for his first three collegiate seasons, before heading to Colorado for his senior campaign. In joining the Buffaloes, he proved he could play against better competition, averaging an impressive 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals across 32.8 minutes. His shooting percentages of 50.7 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from the three-point line indicate he can score from all over the floor, which is esssential to stick in today's NBA landscape. The 23-year-old guard picked up All-Conference First Team honors in the Pac-12, while also being named to the conference's All-Defensive Team, which comes as no surprise for a Gregg Popovich coached team that prides itself on playing defense. His versatility on both sides of the ball should give both Popovich and GM R.C. Buford another weapon to develop over the next few years, but it's hard to see White getting a ton of run during his rookie campaign. Tony Parker will miss the first three months of the season while recovering from a ruptured quadriceps, so White could see spot minutes as the third point guard behind Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray out of the gate.
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Scores 19 in return from protocols
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 16, 2022
White (COVID-19 protocols) ended Saturday's 101-94 victory over the Clippers with 19 points (7-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 25 minutes.
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Available off bench
GSan Antonio Spurs
January 15, 2022
White (COVID-19 protocols) is available off the bench for Saturday's game against the Clippers, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Questionable Saturday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
January 15, 2022
White (COVID-19 protocols) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Clippers.
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Remains out Friday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
January 14, 2022
White (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Friday's contest against the Cavaliers, Jeff Garcia of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
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Questionable Friday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
January 13, 2022
White (COVID-19 protocols) is questionable for Friday's matchup against the Cavaliers, Ty Jager of Pounding the Rock reports.
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