Yes, I realize it took a team effort to secure the dub.
But it’s time. Here’s to Derrick White, the C’s player who has been sneaky good as of late, and just went nuts against the Hawks. Plus, I’ve been meaning to make a blog for him lately, I guess this game is the perfect opportunity for it.
It was Spurs-DWhite against the Hawks actually, I might add.
First up is his offense.
To be fair, he has had some quality outings already, especially his performance against the magic when dropped 27 points, but this 5-game stretch for him has been quite impressive.
Ever since Brogdon became unavailable due to injury, White has been on a tear lately wherein he has become more aggressive in scoring the ball.
Over the course of his 5-game stretch, DWhite is averaging 12.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds. Those numbers are quite impressive when you factor in how he’s stepped up big-time for the team in Brogdon’s absence.
What’s most impressive is that even with his assertiveness on the offensive end of the ball, he is still always in control and playing at the right pace.
His TO numbers are also great at 0.7 turnovers per game. His steady style of play has helped in maintaining the TO numbers of the team in check, which is crucial when you consider the quick pace that this team plays at.
This nice stretch of games for White is a reminder of what he’s capable of at the offensive end of the ball when he’s aggressive, but it also shows his selflessness as a player. Wherein, he chooses his shots properly and focuses more on moving the ball, setting up teammates, and quality on-ball defense when Smart and Brogdon are playing.
Every championship-caliber team needs a player with that kind of mentality. Luckily, we have DWhite.
So what about his defensive numbers during his 5-game stretch?
Trae Young - 20 possessions, 4 points
Dejounte Murray - 18 possessions, 4 points
John Collins - 8 possessions, 2 points
Tyrese Maxey - 24 possessions, 5 points
Monte Morris - 15 possessions, 3 points
Jamal Murray - 14 possessions, 3 points
Jaden Ivey - 17 possessions, 7 points
Bojan Bogdanovic - 12 possessions, 2 points
Saddiq Bey - 11 possessions, 0 points
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - 8 possessions, 4 points
Josh Giddey - 13 possessions, 6 points
Whenever I think about White’s defense, I think about his versatility on that side of the ball. He has great footing, timing, length, and speed, to hold his own against some of the most dynamic players in the league.
The man is 4th in charges drawn per game at 0.47, with a total of 7 drawn charges so far in the season.
To think we already have Marcus Smart drawing up charges and he’s joined with DWhite as well. Thank you, Brad Stevens.
White is also living proof of just how deep this Celtics roster is. If you told me during the 2020-21 season that the C’s would have 5 role players that could drop double-digit contributions for the team in scoring the ball, I would’ve laughed hysterically.
And now, you’re telling me one of the team’s backup point guards led the way for our team, without Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III, Malcolm Brogdon, and the Jays showing up late to work til the second half? He has been sneaky excellent for the team, but that was an explosive performance for White.
He dropped a double-double outing of 16 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 block, and only 2 turnovers. He was also impressive in shooting the rock at 54.5% from the field, and 50% from three-ball land.
I’m actually curious how his style of play will translate once Brogdon comes back in the lineup, but I’m pretty confident that he’ll strike the right balance in matching what the team needs from him. Whether that’s being aggressive on offense or being more of a defender and ball mover.
Love and trust.