When the San Antonio Spurs took Derrick White in the 2017 NBA Draft, he received a call from Gregg Popovich.
The San Antonio Spurs made two selections in Thursday night’s 2017 NBA Draft. They started at No. 29 overall, taking Derrick White. The next pick was Jaron Blossomgame at No. 59.
White will be focused on, however, given he was the team’s first-round pick. He’s a point guard that should fill out depth on the roster, with uncertainty at the position for the 2017-18 season.
Well, after White was picked, he received a call from Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich. This didn’t come at the NBA Draft, as he didn’t attend the event. The clip below showed him speaking to Popovich and getting emotional over the news (h/t Clutch Points):
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The phone call is only the beginning for White, as he starts his journey with the Spurs. He’ll soon be playing for Popovich and looking to stick as a member of the team.
White played one season in Colorado, after transferring from Division-III basketball. For the Buffaloes, he played in 34 games, averaging 18.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 32.8 minutes. He added 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals, as well.
The Parker, CO native was efficient, too. He shot 50.7 percent from the field and 39.6 from long distance.
How White fits into the point guard rotation is unknown, and may not be clarified until after free agency. Tony Parker will miss time with a quadriceps injury, leaving Dejounte Murray as the only point guard with experience, that’s under contract for the 2017-18 season. Patty Mills, who played a backup role in 2016-17, is a free agent.
As for potential free agents, the Spurs were linked to George Hill and Chris Paul. Both may be high-priced options and will have plenty of suitors in July. Plus, San Antonio may have to rework part of its roster, if they sign either player.
White will fit in somewhere, whether it’s in a backup role or at least starting in the G-League. Either way, the journey has only started for him.