AUSTIN, Tex. — It’s been quite the rookie season for Derrick White, and the San Antonio Spurs’ first-round draft pick has taken the NBA G League Playoffs by storm.
The Spurs assignee led the Austin Spurs to a 105-93 Game 1 victory after going for a second straight 35-point night, including 16 points in the third quarter alone.
With a potential title-clinching Game 2 upcoming, White has brought his NBA experience and seemed to start to really click with Autin at the perfect time.
“Those type of players make a coaching staff look smart,” Austin head coach Blake Ahearn said. “He’s playing with so much confidence right now. He does such a good job of slowing down and taking what the game gives him, as well as being aggressive at the right times.”
In the Spurs’ three playoff games, White has averaged 30 points on 51.6 perfect shooting, and has Ahearn excited for the possibilities heading into Game 2.
San Antonio two-way player Darrun Hilliard — who went for 23 points in Game 1 — and fellow two-way player Matt Costello have both been able to play alongside White in both Austin and San Antonio, giving them a great look at what type of player he can become.
“Derrick is such a great player with so much talent,” said Hilliard. “He continues to get better every day.”
White, who finished his college basketball career at Colorado, was lightly recruited out of high school, and started at Division II Colorado-Colorado Springs. This fueled the fire for White, developing his mentality of proving the doubters wrong.
“I’ve had a chip on my shoulder ever since I wasn’t recruited in high school. My mindset has always been to prove everyone wrong,” said White. “I just want to always go out there and prove I can play on this stage, and I just go out there and compete, showing what I can do.”
White has surely proved doubters wrong at the NBA G League level as of late, and looks to continue that in Game 2.
No. 1 Austin now holds a 1-0 series lead as the NBA G League Finals head to Mississagua, Ontario for Game 2, on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU.