Spurs’ Derrick White is 1st player to have a 35-5-5 playoff game in his 1st or 2nd season since Dwyane Wade
San Antonio Spurs combo guard Derrick White is the first player to score at least 35 points, grab five rebounds and dish out five assists in a playoff game in his first or second season since Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade did it back in 2005 versus the Detroit Pistons.
White put up 36 points, five rebounds and five assists in the Spurs’ Game 3 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The 24-year-old is only in his second year in the NBA.
— Basketball Reference (@bball_ref) April 19, 2019
If you didn’t know who Derrick White was before the playoffs started, you definitely know who he is now.
The Spurs drafted White with the 29th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft out of the University of Colorado. He played in just 17 games during his rookie season, as he spent most of the year with the team’s G-League affiliate.
San Antonio lost starting point guard Dejounte Murray to an ACL tear before the 2018-19 season started. As a result, the Spurs relied on White more than they thought they would and the results have been tremendous. White averaged 9.9 points in the regular season and established himself as a lethal defensive wing.
Through three games against the Nuggets, White is putting up 23.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists. Once again, San Antonio has found a hidden gem.