For San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, Derrick White’s basketball journey — which includes his inclusion in Team USA — is a great narrative.
Per USA Basketball, Popovich narrated White’s journey in brief. From his humble beginnings in the NCAA Division II to being drafted in the NBA and heading to the G League, to being part of Team USA’s training camp. Popovich admitted that he just got White to scrimmage against the Select Team. But he turned out better than expected and now he’s a member of the final 12-man roster who’ll play in the FIBA World Cup.
“No. He’s had steady progress, but he is one of those guys, he started out in Division II and ended up playing on our G League team for a couple of years, and he just seemed to get better year-by-year, week-by-week. We brought him on the Select Team, just to scrimmage against the main team, and he played so well, that we moved him up. So, he’s a heck of a story.”
White is another testament to the Spurs’ great eye for talent. Without a doubt, his experience playing with and against the best players and coaches in the world will beneficial to his career. Perhaps the best thing about White is that he’s young: 25-years-old and will be entering his third year in the NBA. Safe to say that after the international tourney, White will come out as a basketball player with polished physical skills and sharpened tactical insight.