The Celtics guard earned the most total points (99) among all Second-Team players. Only the Bucks Jrue Holiday (192 points) and the Bulls Alex Caruso (125 points) finished ahead of White among NBA guards.
The 2022-23 Kia NBA All-Defensive Second Team:— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) May 9, 2023
▪️ Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat
▪️ O.G. Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
▪️ Dillon Brooks, Memphis Grizzlies
▪️ Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
▪️ Derrick White, Boston Celtics pic.twitter.com/w6wqTa8EFR
White, who appeared in all 82 games for the Celtics this year, including 70 starts, averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in his first full season in Boston. His contributions also played into the C's 110.6 defensive rating -- which ranked second-best in the NBA.
White nearly had some familiar company, as teammate Marcus Smart -- who took home Defensive Player of the Year honors last season and is the current reigning NBA Hustle Award winner, but came up short with 35 total points in All-Defensive voting -- the highest total among players who did not make one of the two teams and fifth among guards.
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