Derrick White gets nod over Knicks’ Jalen Brunson for USA Olympic basketball team for 2024 Paris Games – Metro US

Derrick White gets nod over Knicks’ Jalen Brunson for USA Olympic basketball team for 2024 Paris Games

Another dimension to Jalen Brunson’s Olympic snub was added on Wednesday. 

The New York Knicks’ superstar guard was passed over by Team USA in favor of Boston Celtics guard Derrick White, who will replace the injured Kawhi Leonard for the 2024 Summer Games in Paris beginning later this month. 

Leonard suffered a knee injury that kept him out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks. While he was in attendance at Team USA’s camp and recently brushed off injury concerns, the Clippers deemed that “it’s in his best interest to spend the remainder of the summer preparing for the upcoming season rather than participating in the Olympic Games in Paris.”

When it comes to offensive production, Brunson holds the clear edge over White. Boston’s guard averaged 15.2 points with 4.2 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game during the Celtics’ championship-winning campaign. Brunson catapulted to superstar status, though, posting a career-high 28.7 points per game to go with 6.7 assists.

Derrick White Celtics
Jun 17, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) celebrates against a play against the Dallas Mavericks in game five of the 2024 NBA Finals at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA, obviously, is not short on offensive firepower. This is a roster that already boasts Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Anthony Edwards, LeBron James, and Jayson Tatum. It is White’s defensive acumen that likely got him the nod for the Olympics. 

The 30-year-old has garnered second-team All-NBA-Defensive team honors for two straight seasons. His defensive rating of 109.9 ranked 13th among players who averaged more than 30 minutes per game this season. At 112.6, Brunson ranked 40th.

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