Spurs: The Double-edged sword of starting White and Murray

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Derrick White needs to pick up his play quickly

Last season, he averaged a career-high 15.4 points per game but struggled to stay healthy. This season, White has been healthy but has struggled while on the court. He hasn’t played with the same fire, and it shows in his production. He’s averaging just 10.8 points on 39.2% shooting. Meanwhile, Murray is averaging career-highs in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals. 

Considering the expectations of White potentially leading the team in scoring, his flat offensive play has hurt the team. To his credit, however, he’s at least been excellent on the defensive end and is also averaging a career-high 5.1 assists. 

However, White’s struggles this season have led to many Spurs fans wondering whether White and Murray should be separated. After all, with Murray now playing like an All-Star and carrying the offense, one would’ve hoped that White could’ve at least become a reliable secondary scoring option. 

Instead, he’s been more like the fifth option. Were that to continue, the Spurs would be better served to swap out White for Devin Vassell, especially considering that Vassell is vastly outplaying White thus far. 

With Vassell starting, San Antonio's 25th-ranked offense would likely receive a shot in the arm. After all, he's shooting 39.3% on nearly five threes per game and has been far more efficient and aggressive offensively than White has. Additionally, he's a terrific defender and the Spurs likely wouldn't see slippage on that end.