LAS VEGAS — Derrick White had quite the rookie season, winning an NBA G League title with the Austin Spurs, while playing with San Antonio, who made it to the NBA Playoffs for the 21st-consecutive season.
White has an opportunity in front of him this season after Spurs’ veteran Tony Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets, making this year’s NBA Summer League all that more important.
“This summer I’m trying to be aggressive and just play my game, not do anything too crazy,” said White, who scored 19 points in the Spurs’ first action in Las Vegas NBA Summer League. “We have a great team right here, and I’ve been in the organization a year, so now I know what to expect.”
White, who dropped 35 points in NBA G League Finals Game 1 this April, credits a lot of his development in his first professional season to his assignments to the Austin Spurs. He averaged 20.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 24 regular season appearances with Austin.
“I thought it was huge to be playing in meaningful games in the G League,” said White. “It was a great experience from me. I learned a lot in the G League, and I am taking that into summer league and then into next season.”
After seeing White’s game for a year now, Spurs NBA Summer League head coach Will Hardy said that White’s biggest asset is his versatility on the court.
“He can play in so many different situations. He can play alongside a shooter, but also with a guy like Dejonte Murray, who’s a true point guard,” said Hardy, who is an assistant on the San Antonio coaching staff. “I think we’re happy with Derrick’s development, in a year’s time he’s really improved.”
White hopes to be a full-time asset in San Antonio this upcoming season, which starts with showing his growth with solid performances in NBA Summer League. In four games so far in both Utah and Las Vegas Summer Leagues, White is averaging 23.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.7 rebounds per contest.
“At the end of the day I’m getting in the gym a lot and trying to get better each and every day to help my team win,” said White. “I just learned so much from both Austin and San Antonio last season, so the more I learn the better I can get.”