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Spurs’ Derrick White reacts to starting off preseason 1-of-13 from the field

Spurs, Derrick White

One player many are expecting to make a huge jump this season is San Antonio Spurs guard Derrick White, but he certainly has not gotten off to a great start in the preseason.

White has missed 12 of his 13 shot attempts in his first two exhibition games, both blowout losses.

However, the youngster is not stressing about it, saying he thinks the makes will come:

“I’m missing layups,” said White, according to Tom Orsborn of The San Antonio Express-News. “I’m missing open looks. So, if I keep getting there it will come. Just have to keep working and it will come back.”

White played in 67 games last season, making 55 starts. During that time, he averaged 9.9 points, 3.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and one steal over 25.8 minutes per game while shooting 47.9 percent from the floor, 33.8 percent from three-point range and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Colorado, was originally selected by the Spurs in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2017 NBA Draft.

He played only sparingly during his rookie campaign, appearing in 17 contests and registering 3.2 points across 8.2 minutes a night while making 48.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, but due to his impressive stint in the G-League and a terrific Summer League last year, there was a lot of hope for White heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

White took a big step forward with his performance last season, and now, Gregg Popovich and Co. are hoping he can take an even bigger leap this season.