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3 San Antonio Spurs who are underperforming so far

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3. Derrick White

Before the season started, I tried my best to predict who would emerge as the team's leading scorer this season. Derrick White was my top choice out of four candidates. "The spot as the Spurs' go-to guy is his to take," I said. So far, it's safe to say he hasn't taken the spot.

Through seven games, White is fourth on the team in points per game behind Dejounte Murray (17.6), Keldon Johnson (14.9), and Jakob Poeltl (13.9). He's also dipped in 3-point percentage, shooting just 34.2% on 6.1 attempts per game.

There are some bits of good news about White, though. He's distributing the ball better than ever at 6.3 assists per game and is playing the best defense of his career. But I think many Spurs fans know he can be much more than he's shown so far.

Derrick has All-Star potential and is right up there with Dejounte Murray in terms of two-way talent, but his offense hasn't been up to par yet. Against Indiana, he was way too passive on offense and was beaten by rookie Chris Duarte and Caris LeVert on multiple occasions on defense.

"It was unacceptable, the effort we had coming out," White said after their loss to the Pacers. In watching the game, he was certainly a part of that poor effort.

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There's much more to White's game then getting blocks and playing great defense. He knows it and so do I. But he needs to plant both feet down firmly (as if he's taking a charge) and show Dejounte that he's an offensive leader as well.