On Friday night, the NBA G-League tipped off their 17th season with five exciting games. Leading off the five-game schedule during the 7:00 pm ET window was the Delaware 87ers vs. the Maine Red Claws.
Coming into the game, the Sevens boasted a talent-latent roster with returning player James Webb III and new additions Emeka Okafor, Jacob Pullen and James Michael McAdoo. The Red Claws, on the other hand, brought in a brand-new team with exciting young players that can put points up in a hurry.
One of those exciting young players that made the Red Claws’ roster was forward Andrew White. White was one of four players, who were waived by the Boston Celtics during the training camp and assigned to the Red Claws as an affiliate player.
The 6-foot-7 guard/forward spent his fifth season of college basketball at Syracuse University in 2016, after spending the first two seasons at Kansas University and the final two at Nebraska University.
Last season as a graduate student, White had a career-year with Orange, averaging 18.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals in 37.2 minutes per game. He also shot 44.1 percent from the field and 40.3 percent from three-point range on 8.2 attempts per game.
When you watch White play, you will notice that he has a knack for scoring the ball. At Syracuse, he displayed a killer instinct from distance with a quick release, knocked down the mid-range jumper, and used his 6-foot-7, 210 lbs. frame to get into the lane.
Aforementioned, the Red Claws played the Sevens to open the regular season and White displayed his scoring prowess that made him so tough to guard at Syracuse.
On Friday night, led all players on both teams in scoring with 37 points on 13-of-21 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Did I also mention that he came off the bench and had 23 points at the half?
White played exceptionally well, starting off the game with a good play on defense altering Pullen’s shot and then converting it for a layup on the offensive end. Throughout the game, White was making shots off of screens, using his frame to create space to knock down perimeter jumpers, and aggressively driving into the lane.
The former Syracuse guard is a multi-dimensional scorer, which should not only help him in his development but also Maine throughout the rest of the season. It should be fun to see how the rest of White’s rookie season plays out as he is joined by a lot of fantastic guards that can put up points just like him.