Summer League, signings, contracts, Jack White, Denver Nuggets, roster, reaction, updates
Dyson Daniels and Luke Travers were the latest Australian additions to the NBA after being selected by the New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers in this year’s draft.
Now another Aussie will join them after Jack White was rewarded for his solid NBA Summer League form with a two-way contract at the Denver Nuggets.
The Melbourne United striker and former Duke captain was already up against it in the Summer League, having joined the Nuggets late due to national team commitments.
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Instead of struggling with the tight turnover, White put his best foot forward, getting eight points, 15 rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in an exhibition game against Cleveland.
He followed that up with 14 points, five rebounds, two steals and assists and a block against the Clippers, further proving his worth at both ends of the floor.
Speaking to the club’s Melbourne United website ahead of his Summer League departure, White said it was an “incredible opportunity” for him to “take another step towards” his “dream”.
United CEO Nick Truelson said the organization “couldn’t be prouder” of White in a statement posted on the club’s website on Monday.
“We saw the incredible amount of work he put in, and with the talent he has, we felt like it was a real possibility for him when he was selected to play in the Summer League,” Truelson said.
“Jack is a fantastic person, athlete and player, and we can’t wait to see what he can do now that he’s had this opportunity in the NBA.”
White is more than comfortable on the big stage, having played four years at Duke University under legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski alongside NBA stars Zion Williamson, Jayson Tatum, RJ Barrett, Marvin Bagley III, Wendall Carter Jr, Grayson Allen, Luke Kennard, Harry. Giles and Cam Redish.
Talk to foxsports.com.au Last year, White said the experience had helped him become a “more complete player”.
“I learned how much you can improve by challenging yourself against guys like that who are just super talented and then understanding how you stack up,” he said.
“Coming back to an environment like the NBL, maybe the athleticism isn’t to the same degree, but now I’m playing against guys with adult strength and a lot more experience…it’s is just a different game.
“But there are things I can do here that I couldn’t do athletically. So I just try to find a middle ground and leverage those experiences with guys I played with and against in college to the guys I play with and against now.
“It made me a more complete player and able to see the game in different ways.”