Bad news for the San Antonio Spurs as the silver and black lost Derrick White to the Indiana Pacers in FanSided’s 2017 NBA Re-Draft
I’ve got some bad news for you, Spurs fans. As part of FanSided’s 2017 NBA Re-Draft, the folks over at 8Points9Seconds took our man, Derrick White, with the 18th overall pick. Thankfully this is just a fun thing we’re doing as a division because what a blow this would be for the San Antonio Spurs.
Credit to Josh Wilson on an excellent pick, in this version of the 2017 Draft, White would be joining the Indiana Pacers right as they were getting Victor Oladipo and would give them a strong one-two punch in the backcourt, similar to what they have now with Malcolm Brogdon.
For the San Antonio Spurs, what a crushing blow. To lose a late-round gem like White would be a serious blow to a team that was riding high off of getting another steal from pick 29.
In his three years with the Spurs, White has done everything that the organization could have asked of him. In his rookie year, White spent most of his team with the Austin Spurs. While in the G-League he helped the Spurs capture the 2018 G-League title.
In year two, White stepped up to the NBA for good. After recovering from a knee injury, he took over a position in the starting lineup in mid-December of 2018 to replace Dejounte Murray. White would end up being the stabilizing force the Spurs needed that year. His unshakable play helped a team working hard to integrate their new star DeMar DeRozan into the lineup maintain their playoff position.
In his first taste of playoff basketball, White had a breakout series against his hometown Denver Nuggets. He stepped up, had the best game of his young career in Game 3 of the series, and made the rest of the league take notice when he dropped the hammer on poor Paul Millsap.
This season White took another step forward. He adjusted to his new role as the leader of the second unit, was one of the best defensive guards in the league, improved as both a playmaker and outside shooter, and continued to prove himself worthy of a sizeable extension.
Thankfully this re-draft is just for fun. White is an important part of the Spurs’ future and losing him would be a serious blow to a team that is working hard to build out a solid foundation to move forward with. Stay tuned to Air Alamo to see who we took in the FanSided 2017 Re-Draft.