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Happy birthday, Derrick White

The Spurs steady-handed guard celebrates his 26th birthday today.

Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images

Ever since the video posted of Gregg Popovich calling to welcome him to the Spurs organization, I’ve had nothing but good vibes about Derrick White.

Derrick was drafted 29th overall in 2017 and spent much of his rookie season leading the Austin Spurs to a G-League Championship.

His sophomore season saw a foot injury that, along with Dejounte Murray’s season-ending ACL injury, postponed the youth movement that many would argue is the most promising backcourt in the NBA.

Derrick spent most of the last season coming off the bench. But if DeMar DeRozan opts out of his contract, fans may see Derrick and Dejounte in full tandem.

And the other twenty-nine NBA teams need an overhaul.

I miss basketball. I miss the San Antonio Spurs. And I miss Derrick White.

On and off the court he has fully embraced the Spurs culture. He can be seen at many community events handing out tennis shoes, honoring student achievements, and spreading cheer throughout San Antonio.

Happy birthday, Derrick. I’ll be honking my horn in your general direction today.

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