Derrick White
Derrick White
26-Year-Old GuardG
San Antonio Spurs
Out
Injury Covid-19
Est. Return 3/10/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $73 million extension with the Spurs in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

Won't return Thursday
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Covid-19
March 2, 2021
White (COVID-19 protocols) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Thunder, Evan Closky of KENS 5 San Antonio reports.
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The 26-year-old was spotted on the bench during Tuesday's win over the Knicks, but he won't be ready to play in the final game before the All-Star break Thursday. White will have an extra week to ramp up his conditioning before the first game of the second half March 10 at Dallas.
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2019

White enjoyed his best NBA season yet in 2019-20, cracking double-digit points (11.3) for the first time in his three seasons while rounding out his stat line with 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 combined steals/blocks per game. Much of the improvement in White's scoring came from increased focus on long-range shooting, as he raised his three-point attempts per game from 2.1 to 3.2 while making them at a solid 36.6 percent clip. Despite the coronavirus pandemic shortening the season, White set a new career high with 68 games played (20 starts) for the Spurs. He scored in double digits in 41 of those games, clearing 20 points on seven occasions. While he was productive all season long, White saved his biggest performances for later in the season. He stuffed the stat sheet Mar. 10 against Dallas, recording 14 points with seven rebounds, nine assists, four blocks and two steals in San Antonio's final game before the season went on pause. Then, in the team's first game of seeding play in the Orlando bubble on Jul. 31, White exploded for a season-high 26 points along with eight rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block against the Kings. He went on to post three more 20-point games in the bubble, ultimately averaging 18.9 points with 4.3 rebounds and 5.0 assists across seven contests.

2018

Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, White had only 17 games of NBA action to his name. When Dejounte Murray was lost for the season due to injury, White found himself with a larger role than expected. Not only did he play in 67 games, he started 55 of those contests. He was a starting guard for more than half the season and made various contributions on offense. The Colorado product chipped in 9.9 points per game. He also averaged 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds per contest. In arguably his finest performance of the season, White posted a career-high 26 points and handed out six assists in a win over Brooklyn on Jan. 31. When the playoffs came around, White did not shrink from the spotlight. He started all seven postseason games for San Antonio, averaging 27.2 minutes per contest. White also increased his scoring, putting up 15.1 points per game in the playoffs.

2017

White was selected with the 29th pick of the first round in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Colorado. The 6-foot-4 guard appeared in 17 games for the San Antonio Spurs as a rookie. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds per tilt. White scored a career-high 14 points at Houston on Mar. 12 -- that was his final appearance of the season. White was lethal from three-point range when given the opportunity. He hit 8-of-13 shots from downtown during his rookie campaign. White snatched a career-best seven rebounds at Golden State on Feb. 10. He appeared in three playoff games for the Spurs. White played 13 minutes in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Golden State Warriors. He tallied seven points, one assist, one block and one steal in that contest.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1st round (29th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the San Antonio Spurs.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Sidelined again Tuesday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
March 2, 2021
White (COVID-19 protocols) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Knicks, RJ Marquez of KSAT 12 San Antonio reports.
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To miss Monday's game
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
February 28, 2021
White (COVID-19 protocols) will not be available for Monday's game against Brooklyn, Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Still out Saturday
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
February 26, 2021
White (COVID-19 protocols) remains out Saturday against the Pelicans, Paul Garcia of ProjectSpurs.com reports.
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Out for COVID protocols
GSan Antonio Spurs
Covid-19
February 22, 2021
White has been ruled out for Wednesday's game at Oklahoma City due to the NBA's health and safety protocols, Dan Weiss of Fox Sports Southwest reports.
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Three games postponed
GSan Antonio Spurs
February 16, 2021
White and the Spurs will have their next three games postponed after four players tested positive for COVID-19, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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