San Antonio Spurs: 4 Bold Predictions For Next Season

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Derrick White will average 20 points per game for the San Antonio Spurs

Derrick White struggled through an injury-plagued 2020-2021 season, though began to play well before his season-ending ankle injury. With a full off-season to recover, White should enter next season primed for a breakout season.

With several key players potentially leaving in free agency, White could be asked to carry more of an offensive load. He has flashed an ability to do so in the past, particularly in the NBA bubble. There he averaged 18.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5 assists while shooting 39.2% on 8 threes per game.

White wasn't able to replicate that hot shooting this season, though his 6.8 three-point attempts per game lead the team and ranked 21st in the NBA, so his confidence certainly hasn't faded. To take a significant step forward on offense, he'll need to continue to fire away from three while improving his shooting percentage.

By continuing his aggressive shot selection from outside, he'll also be able to leverage closeouts from defenders. This would enable him to knock down pull-up jumpers or get into the paint for floaters, layups, or to draw free throws.

White's versatile offensive game could get a chance to shine with the ball in his hand more. It seems all but certain that he'll have a breakout 2021-2022 season.