San Antonio Spurs: What stood out in scrimmage against Brooklyn Nets

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PORTLAND, OREGON – FEBRUARY 06: Derrick White #4 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts in the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers during a game at Moda Center (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Derrick White pops off for the San Antonio Spurs

A few early turnovers slowed him down but Derrick White quickly responded. He caught fire in this one and led the Spurs in scoring. He was aggressive from the beginning and was consistently putting pressure on Nets defenders.

White isn’t the most explosive guard but he’s got excellent body control and he uses his solid frame to get into the lane and find his spots. In this scrimmage, he was consistently looking for contact and then adjusting in the air to be able to get a good shot off. He played downhill at all times and was a monster while attacking the rim.

He’s known more for his slashing ability than his shooting and you could see Nets defenders opting to slide under screens rather than chase White around them, preferring to leave the long ball open rather than give him a clear path to the rim. But with the way White was shooting the ball, that might not have been the best strategy.

White would end the game 4 for 7 from 3-point range. His continued development as a shooter is huge for San Antonio. He and Dejounte have the defensive chops to be one of the leagues better backcourts but scoring and spacing the floor could be issues at times. If White can continue to improve from behind the arc it’ll make both of their lives easier on offense.

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