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San Antonio Spurs: Derrick White explains ‘Dare to Be Great’ (Video)

By Rob Wolkenbrod
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 11: Derrick White
TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 11: Derrick White /

San Antonio Spurs rookie Derrick White explained his “Dare to Be Great” motto and who developed it.

In Round 1 of the 2017 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected point guard Derrick White from Colorado. He was the second consecutive point guard the Spurs drafted in the first round, as well as at the 29th pick. Dejounte Murray went at this spot in 2016.

White will prep for the 2017-18 season soon, as the Spurs begin training camp next week. He’ll look to impress the coaching staff and earn minutes in the preseason, which starts on Oct. 2 vs the Sacramento Kings.

Before that, White sat down with Cayleigh Griffin of the Spurs and Fox Sports Southwest. He discussed an important phrase in his life, “Dare to Be Great,” which he attributed to an important person in his life:

For @Dwhite921, "Dare to Be Great" has becoming something of a personal mantra.

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) September 22, 2017

For Spurs fans, they’ll hope White is the next great option at point guard. It may not happen overnight, but he should get time to develop in his four-year rookie contract.

White enters a fresh point guard situation in San Antonio. Tony Parker likely won’t be healthy to start the season, as he recovers from a torn quad. This was suffered in the 2017 playoffs. That leaves Patty Mills, Dejounte Murray, and White to start the season at the main distributor position.

With Mills’ experience and Murray’s one year of experience, it could push White to third string. That’s unless Gregg Popovich gives him minutes at shooting guard, which contains Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, and other players capable of the two spot.

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Look out for the 22-year-old’s progress in the 2017-18 season. He’ll look to become the Spurs’ latest gem at the end of Round 1 and contribute to a potential playoff team. That may not be a lot to start, but if he impresses early, that can always change.