UNBELIEVABLE: Derrick White on Celtics Giving Him…

During a breakaway, Jimmy Butler got away, and Derrick White ran back. For the second time that evening, White turned down Butler’s two-handed jam at the rim, giving Butler the impression that he had another easy dunk. Last season, he demonstrated several forceful blocks, as he usually does as the best shot-blocking guard in the league. That emphasized White’s home debut as a Celtics player, starting in his second full season, this time at point guard. He finished with 28 points, three blocks, three assists, six rebounds, and 9–15 from the field and 5-7 from three. He was on fire as he scored 14 points in the fourth quarter.

There are those who contend that White could have finished third among Celtics last season. The team expressed its desire for him to feel more at ease and return to his usual offensive self, and that is exactly what happened. He had a fantastic postseason and was a major factor in the Celtics’ near-historic run in the Eastern Conference Finals last May. White discussed what it’s like to have the go-ahead after his fourth-quarter heat-check. With more than nine minutes remaining and a timeout approaching, the 29-year-old’s confident pull-up and momentum-swinging three off the dribble gave Boston a 96-90 lead. It was an excellent example.

“Credit to those guys, just giving me confidence and trusting me that I’m gonna try to make the right play each and every time,” White stated. “I mean, hearing it from some of the top guys in the league that they want me to be aggressive, it obviously gives you more confidence.” He went on to say that Joe Mazzulla has instilled the highest level of confidence in him. “Joe’s given me confidence since the moment he stepped into the head coaching position,” White stated. “So, all of those combined and I just gotta go out there and be aggressive.”

Even with the new stars, White’s play and production could still climb quickly this season, making him one of Boston’s primary weapons. Since joining the Celtics, he has made significant progress on both fronts, particularly as his comfort level has increased. White might be the best role player in the league, despite the fact that the team probably has the best top-six lineup. He may play like the best player on the floor for many more nights to come.

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