Derrick White has been awe-inspiring. More than imposing, he has become essential to the San Antonio Spurs’ continued success. He’s revealed a bevy of tricks, a cool head under pressure, and abilities reflecting a high basketball IQ. The significance of his stat line last night tells you all you need to know:
Derrick White is the first player in NBA history under 6-foot-8 to post the numbers he did tonight.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) March 7, 2019
White finished with 18 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks. @EliasSports
If the early dunk on 7’1” Alex Len wasn’t enough (and I personally thought it should have been an “and-one” since White was whacked in the head), #4 put on a show all night long.
From the perspective of the Spurs, stats like these have only been acquired by two legendary players:
Derrick White finishes with 18 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) March 7, 2019
Only two other Spurs with those numbers in a game in history:
David Robinson (4)
Tim Duncan (1)
But on a national level,
Derrick White had 18 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 6 blocks.— Tom Petrini (@RealTomPetrini) March 7, 2019
Here are the players who have done that before:
David Robinson (4x)
Hakeem Olajuwon (2x)
Charles Barkley (2x)
His contributions aren’t just limited to the offensive end. He’s a fabulous defender. Just under a year after Danny Green was the first Spurs guard to record six blocks, White hit the mark (obviously a career high).
Add 18 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds, and it begs the question: could Derrick White be the next player in the NBA to pull a quadruple-double? It’s not outside the realm of possibilities.
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