Derrick White

Derrick White

28-Year-Old GuardG
Boston Celtics
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Last season, White was cruising through arguably his career-best season with the Spurs when, at the deadline, San Antonio dealt him to the surging Celtics. While White found himself in a winning situation, his role shifted from starter to reserve, with his minutes dipping from 30.3 to 27.4 per game. The bigger difference was, with Boston's loaded roster, White's shot attempts dropped from 11.6 to 8.8 per contest. However, his versatile skill set allowed White to play a sixth-man role for the Celtics through their Finals run. But this offseason, the C's acquired another versatile, tall guard. Former Pacer Malcolm Brogdon will probably bump White out of the sixth-man role, though the pair could come off the bench together as a formidable backup backcourt. Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart isn't going anywhere, so Brogdon's minutes will probably come from White and Payton Pritchard. Coach Ime Udoka will probably also experiment with small-ball lineups to give stars Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum more rest. That could also give veteran Al Horford a break and create more minutes for White and Brogdon. Excessive talent is a good problem for a team, but it may create inconsistent stats this season from White. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $73 million contract extension with the Spurs in December of 2020. Traded to the Celtics in February of 2022.
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.

Hot from deep again
GBoston Celtics
November 25, 2022
White racked up 16 points (6-11 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes during Friday's 122-104 win over the Kings.
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White has knocked down two-plus triples in five of his last six contests. To that end, he's scored double-digit points in seven of his last eight games after hitting that threshold just twice through his first 11 appearances this season.
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Should return for Game 3
GBoston Celtics
May 20, 2022
White is expected to return for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat on Saturday after missing Game 2 due to family reasons, according to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald.
ANALYSIS
The former Spurs guard did not see action in Thursday's win, but he wasn't listed on the injury report for Game 3, so he should be just fine to play and come off the bench as he's done throughout the entire postseason campaign. He's averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the current playoffs.
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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.
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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Starting vs. Mavs
GBoston Celtics
November 23, 2022
White will start Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
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Shift to bench limits production
GBoston Celtics
November 21, 2022
White provided four points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 18 minutes during Monday's 121-107 loss to the Bulls.
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Bumped to bench
GBoston Celtics
November 21, 2022
White will come off the bench Monday against the Bulls.
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Notches 26-point outing in win
GBoston Celtics
November 18, 2022
White amassed 26 points (9-12 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and two steals in 35 minutes during Friday's 117-109 win over New Orleans.
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Posts season-high 10 assists
GBoston Celtics
November 17, 2022
White racked up 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, 10 assists and one block in 31 minutes during Wednesday's 126-101 victory over the Hawks.
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