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San Antonio Spurs: Ranking the 5 best pure shooters

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3. Derrick White

While "pure shooter" isn't the first thing that usually comes to mind with Derrick White, there's no question he can put the ball in the hole from anywhere. In analyzing the data of these five, White ranked second in college true shooting percentage (62.7), second in career shooting percentage from 16 feet to the 3-point line (45.2), and third in NBA 3-point shooting percentage (35.7).

While he dipped from 36.6% in 2020 to 34.6% last season, it's hard to fault a guy who breaks the same toe twice, misses time for COVID-19 protocols, then injures his ankle all in one season.

After saying he's feeling better than he has in a couple of years at the Spurs' Media Day in September, let's hope that stays the case for a guy who's had some bad breaks in his relatively young career. Only then can he truly show what he's capable of -- the man we all saw break out in the 2019 playoffs against the Denver Nuggets.

Another injury setback would be the worst-case scenario for White and the Spurs, but barring that, Derrick's all-around game will only continue benefitting from his efficient shooting.

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