NBA Executive: Derrick White Is The Most Underrated Player In League

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Derrick White’s Game 6 buzzer-beater extended the Eastern Conference finals to Game 7.

The analytics models from ESPN showed the Celtics a 97 percent chance of winning the series ahead of the conference finals.

By the time they reached Game 3, every NBA fan had expected that the Boston team would be done for, and ESPN’s analysis is a mere delusion.

Derrick White, The Shooting Guard For The Celtics
Derrick White, The Shooting Guard For The Celtics (Source: The Boston Globe)

But the Celtics’ small/power forward Tatum, with an impressive 33 points, gave hope to their fans.

Further decreasing the gap between the Celtics (2) and Heat (3) in the series, Tatum posted 21 points in Game 5, and Jaylen Brown, the second-highest scorer, with 17 points.

ESPN’s prediction could come to reality as the Celtics have made a square with the Miami Heat, coming back from a 3-0 deficit.

Derrick White Is The Most Underrated Player In League

In Game 6, the Celtics booked the win at the final second. Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals was thrill-filled, worth every penny, and kept all fans on their toes.

After the third consecutive win, the Celtics extended the series to Game 7. The Celtics’ third win didn’t come easy; all went down to the wire at Kaseya Center in Miami.

Approaching the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the Heat seemingly had the game won after Butler’s free throws.

However, the Celtics, down by one, were not giving up that easily. They took the timeout, and the game resumed with three seconds left on the clock.

Marcus Smart went for a shot outside of the arc but missed and resulted in a late-game heroics by Derrick White for the Celtics to come out on top.

Tatum and Brown may be the heart and soul of the team, but key moments like these prove that White is an equally important player.

Since he started playing with the Boston team, he has just grown better and better. Despite being one of the dependable players, he isn’t talked about much in the league.

This is the very reason for ESPN’s Baxter Holmes to dub him the most underrated player in the NBA.

Derrick White Always Destined For Big

White has always been playing basketball and aspired to become the player he is now. During his elementary school days in 2006, he got an assignment to write an essay on “What I want to be when I grow up.”

The then-11-year-old boy measuring 5 feet tall said that he wanted to become a basketball player. He wrote: “There are so many things I want to do when I grow up, but if I had to choose one, it is to be a basketball player.”

However, his dream was in peril by his senior year as none of the college recruits and scouts were showing interest in him.

Derrick White's Game 6 Buzzer Beater
Derrick White’s Game 6 Buzzer Beater (Source: Twitter)

White did not receive any scholarship coming out of high school and joined University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

A few years fast forward, he became the 29th overall (round-one) pick of the Spurs in the 2017 NBA draft.

The Colorado native joined his current team in exchange for Josh Richardson, Romeo Langford, a 2022 first-round pick, and the rights to swap 2028 first-round picks.

White may have never thought that his passion would lead him to become a significant figure for the legendary NBA franchise. A destiny that brought his dream to reality!

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