San Antonio Spurs 2018-19 Player Previews: Derrick White poised for breakout season
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By Kendall Garriss

Derrick White looks to make a major impact as he enters his sophomore campaign with the San Antonio Spurs.

With the departure of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili’s retirement, guard Derrick White is poised for a breakout season after spending almost his entire rookie year playing in the G League with the Austin Spurs.

This summer, White gave Spurs fans a taste of what they have to look forward to this season as the Colorado product dominated competition at the 2018 Utah Jazz Summer League. White commanded the offense, played both on and off the ball, knocked down open and contested three-point shots and found open teammates for good looks.

Although one has to take Summer League statistics with a grain of salt, White’s performances cannot be overlooked. Being compared to a “bully on the playground”, White was hands-down one of the most dominant players in Utah as he penetrated defenses and scored with ease.

Remember, combo guard Bryn Forbes went through a similar hot streak in the summer of 2017 after his rookie year, which was followed up with a breakout season for Forbes. While it’s impossible to say that White’s developmental trajectory will perfectly mirror Forbes’, it is encouraging to see White making the noticeable progressions one would expect to see from a player with a year of professional ball under his...

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