The San Antonio Spurs have one of the most intriguing backcourts in the league, and Derrick White is working to improve his outside shot in order to play alongside Dejounte Murray next season.
However, he recovered from that ailment and went on to have a breakout season that helped San Antonio reach the playoffs for the 22nd consecutive season while White also showed flashes of brilliance in their first round series against the Nuggets.
White’s development in year two is extremely promising, but he still has a lot to work on if he wants to be one of the league’s top point guards, and he knows it.
The former Colorado Buffalo has already been hitting the gym hard this offseason to improve his outside shot.
According to Jabari Young of The Athletic, White has been working tirelessly to improve his shot from behind the arc, including a couple of workouts where he hit 500 three-pointers.
White shot 33.8% from three on 2.1 attempts per game last year, but that included some extremely hot and cold stretches.
Here are his three-point percentages by month in his second season:
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As you can see, White has the capability of getting ridiculously hot from three but he needs to hit that shot more consistently to keep opposing defenses from sagging off of him and cluttering up a Spurs offense that doesn’t have much spacing to begin with.
Luckily, San Antonio has one of the world’s best shooting coaches in Chip Engelland and he’s been in the gym alongside White working on that shot since the season ended.
If Gregg Popovich decides to start Derrick White and Dejounte Murray in the same backcourt next season, they are both going to need a more reliable outside shot.
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We heard rumors of Dejounte hitting a bunch of threes last summer, and it sounds like White will be working just as hard in that area of the game this offseason.