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Happy birthday to Derrick White

The former Colorado Buffalo turns 27 today.

Memphis Grizzlies 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. He is the first Spurs jersey I have ever owned.

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 argued was the most promising backcourt in the NBA.

He began to emerge as the future of the Spurs before the pandemic rocked the basketball world.

Derrick spent significant time last season on the injured list, that’s how his season ended.

He had one of the best games of his career late in the season just about a week before he suffered that season-ending injury.

I miss basketball. I miss the San Antonio Spurs. And I miss Derrick White. I’m not excited when I see his name thrown into trade scenarios on Twitter, but I understand why it happens. But for me, he is a Spur.

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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