Ranking former Spurs by who will shine brightest in the 2023 Playoffs

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3. Derrick White

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Derrick White has made it hard to say the Spurs won the trade with the Boston Celtics. He only averaged 12.4 points per game this season, but he is on a team with two ball-dominant stars in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. He has been a lockdown defender and timely shot-maker while shooting 38% from three, his highest clip since his rookie year. With the Celtics poised to make another deep run in the postseason, White will make his presence felt in numerous ways.

A roster full of players who can handle the ball, shoot, and create for others has the makings of a dangerous team. The Celtics acquired White for that reason. The 2014 Spurs were difficult to defend because no matter who touched the ball, defenses had to guess what was coming next. You can say the same thing about Golden State's championship teams. If Boston is going to win a title, Derrick White is going to be a prominent contributor.