Derrick White earned $500K bonus for reaching this unlikely incentive


Derrick White earned $500K bonus for reaching this unlikely incentive originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Boston Celtics guard Derrick White’s transformation into a very good 3-point shooter has earned himself a nice bonus payment.

White had an incentive in his contract for the 2023-24 NBA season that would earn him an extra $500,000 if he made 185 or more 3-point shots. The veteran guard shot 4-of-10 from 3-point range in Monday night’s win over the Charlotte Hornets, giving him 188 on the season and putting him over the threshold needed for the $500K bonus.

ESPN’s Bobby Marks explained in a post on X that “because the bonus was deemed unlikely before the season, Boston will have an additional $500K charged toward their team salary.” Marks also noted that White’s cap hit for the 2024-25 season will be adjusted to $20,071,429.

Three-point shooting was one of the primary criticisms of White when the Celtics acquired him in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs before the 2022 trade deadline. He was a 34.4 percent 3-point shooter in San Antonio who had never made more than 84 of these shots in a single season.

White’s improvement as a shooter has been enormous with the Celtics. He has hit 38.2 percent of his 3-pointers in three-plus seasons with the C’s, and his 40.1 percent rate this season would be a career high. His 371 made 3-pointers with the Celtics are 71 more than he made with the Spurs in 60 fewer games.

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If you look at how many 3-pointers White made during his first full pro season in 2018-19 versus this season, it’s a night and day difference, as you can see in the shot charts below (via NBA.com).

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White is having the best season of his career right now, and not just in terms of 3-point shooting. He’s averaging personal bests with 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. His 89.9 percent free throw percentage is a career high, too.

The 29-year-old guard is having an excellent defensive campaign as well, and fully deserves a spot on one of the league’s two All-Defensive teams.

The White trade has been a home run for the Celtics overall. He makes a tremendous impact at both ends of the floor, and his improvement as a 3-point shooter has probably been the most impressive aspect of his value to the team.





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