The San Antonio Spurs had the No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and selected Derrick White.
On Thursday night, the 2017 NBA Draft took place from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. It had the Philadelphia 76ers select first, drafting Markelle Fultz from Washington. The San Antonio Spurs also had a pick to make at No. 29 overall.
The Spurs picking at the bottom of Round 1 isn’t new. They’ve done this for most of the 2000’s, as a result of being one of the NBA’s best regular-season teams. Winning 50-65 games will place franchises this low in the NBA Draft.
After a few hours of waiting, the Spurs made a first-round selection. It didn’t come via trade like it did in 2011 or with any added dramatics that other picks had. So, with the No. 29 pick, San Antonio selected Derrick White, a point guard from Colorado. It’s the second consecutive year they’ve selected someone at this position.
White stands at 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-8 wingspan. This showed with his 1.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game in school, the latter of which is impressive for someone of his size and at the guard position.
White played both guard positions in college, showing the ability to distribute and shoot from distance; he shot 50 percent from the field — 39 percent from distance — and averaged 4.4 assists per game. The Parker, CO native also had 18.1 points in his only Division-I season.
With Tony Parker out for half the season, this is much-needed guard depth for the Spurs. He’ll get playing time with Dejounte Murray and whoever else is brought in at point guard. White can spell at shooting guard, too, in smaller lineups.
What did you think of this pick in Round 1? Is this player destined to be a boom or bust in the NBA?