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Spurs’ Derrick White’s ability to draw charges in his blood


SAN ANTONIO – Growing up in Parker, Colo., Derrick White heard his father talk about how great he was at drawing charges while playing high school ball in DeKalb, Ga.

“He’d say, ‘I used to foul people out with charges…That was my thing,’ ” White said. “That’s where it all kind of started from.”

Forty games into the season, White is well on his way to leading the team in charges drawn for a second straight year.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound White picked one up against 6-8, 218-pound rookie Cam Reddish in Friday night’s 121-120 loss to the Hawks, giving him a team-high eight for the season.

Early in the season, White drew two charges against the Los Angeles Lakers, getting plastered by LeBron James and steamrolled by Anthony Davis. Those courageous acts didn’t go unnoticed by his teammates.

“Derrick is tough,” DeMar DeRozan said. “He’s willing to lay his body on the line.”

After Friday’s game, White was asked about his talent for absorbing punishment.

Spurs assistant coaches Becky Hammon, left, and Tim Duncan, right, give advice to guard Derrick White during first-half NBA action against the Brooklyn Nets in the AT&T Center on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

Spurs assistant coaches Becky Hammon, left, and Tim Duncan, right, give advice to guard Derrick White during first-half NBA action against the Brooklyn Nets in the AT&T Center on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

Photo: Billy Calzada / Staff Photographer

Photo: Billy Calzada / Staff Photographer

Spurs assistant coaches Becky Hammon, left, and Tim Duncan, right, give advice to guard Derrick White during first-half NBA action against the Brooklyn Nets in the AT&T Center on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

Spurs assistant coaches Becky Hammon, left, and Tim Duncan, right, give advice to guard Derrick White during first-half NBA action against the Brooklyn Nets in the AT&T Center on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.

Photo: Billy Calzada / Staff Photographer

Spurs’ Derrick White’s ability to draw charges in his blood

“It’s just being willing to stand there mostly,” he said. “Trying to read where they are going, try to just beat them to the spot, put your body on the line.”

Just like his old man used to do.