San Antonio Spurs Option 1: Derrick White
Most Spurs fans would agree that the next number one option for the team is a two-man race between Dejounte Murray and Derrick White. Last season, White finished slightly behind Murray's 15.7 points per game with 15.4, but he also dealt with extremely unfortunate injury issues all season.
Suffering multiple early-season toe injuries, a COVID-related sidelining, and a later ankle injury, the 27-year-old was only able to appear in 36 of the Spurs' 72 games last season. It's incredibly tough to find a real rhythm in circumstances like those.
Still, White had some brilliant games last season, such as his 29-point, 10-for-20 game against Atlanta and two games shooting 6-for-11 from the 3-point line in April. Everything is in Derrick's arsenal already. He can shoot, distribute, read the floor, and is one of the best defending shooting guards in the NBA. The problem, as you might expect, is health.
The only thing that should be able to stop Derrick White from being a 20-plus point per game scorer next season will be if his body doesn't hold up. Unfortunately, that is a real possibility after what we saw last season. Still, I'm optimistic that a fluke injury like breaking the same toe in a different way won't happen again for Derrick.
While many are quick to label guys "injury-prone", I can't fault White for circumstances beyond his control. But he'll need to show he can remain on the floor for fans to remember just how special of a player he is. If he's able to do that, the spot as the Spurs' go-to guy is his to take.