San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White probably didn't think he would be an NBA starting point guard and key player in just his second season.
However, due to a season-ending knee injury to guard Dejounte Murray, White was tasked with guiding the Spurs in just his sophomore season.
And he showed he is more than capable of handling the job and is enjoying where he is at in his young NBA career.
“It's pretty crazy from where I started to where I am now. It's been a great ride. Trying to enjoy it the best I can. Trying to stay in the moment, try to work for whatever I get, been a fun ride, though," he said.
He'd finish the regular season averaging 9.9 points, 3.9 assists, and 48 percent from the field in 67 games. He became the team's best perimeter defender and earn the respect from the veterans on the roster.
The team went 7-7 without White during the regular season and had a breakout season posting a career-high six blocks at Atlanta.
He scored in double digits 33 times and had five games with 3-plus blocks to lead all NBA guards. After the All-Star break, he'd increase his stats averaging 10.5 points, 1.1 blocks, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists.
“Derrick [White] stepped up all year. He has stepped up like that all year,” head coach Gregg Popovich said.