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Injury slows Derrick White down the stretch in NBA Summer League

  • A hamstring injury derailed the hot start put together by...

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    A hamstring injury derailed the hot start put together by former Colorado star Derrick White for San Antonio in the NBA Summer League.

  • Former CU basketball star George King (left) earned his first...

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    Former CU basketball star George King (left) earned his first pro experience by appearing in five games for Phoenix in the NBA Summer League.



An injury prevented Derrick White from completing what was shaping up to be a spectacular run through the NBA Summer League.

Nevertheless, it was a solid showing for the three former Colorado standouts who competed in the league’s annual summer showcase — White, George King, and Askia Booker.

White was averaged 22 points through the first four games for San Antonio before suffering a hamstring injury on July 8 that kept him sidelined for the Spurs’ final three games. Overall, the 2017 first-round pick shot .427 (32-for-75) with a .344 mark (11-for-32) on 3-pointers. White went 17-for-25 at the free throw line (.680), and in his four full games he averaged 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds.

White’s injury prevented a matchup with King’s Phoenix Suns, though King did get to enjoy a one-on-one matchup with Booker. Booker outscored King 11-9 in that battle on Thursday, though King finished his first experience as a pro by averaging 3.6 points and nine minutes in five games. King shot .533 overall (8-for-15) and went 2-for-5 on 3-pointers. A second-round pick of Phoenix in the NBA Draft last month, King posted five rebounds in seven minutes on July 7 against Sacramento.

Booker was signed by Philadelphia for the Summer League and appeared in five games, averaging 8.8 points. He shot .362 overall (17-for-47) and went 8-for-24 on 3-pointers.

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