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Celtics’ Derrick White get special honor just before playoffs

On Thursday night, Derrick White officially cemented himself in Boston Celtics history. The point guard was named the 2024 recipient of the Red Auerbach Award before the Celtics' game against the New York Knicks at TD Garden. The Red Auerbach Award is given annually to a Celtics player or coach "who best exemplifies the spirit of what it means to be a Celtic through exceptional performance on and off the court." Current players Jaylen Brown (2023), Jayson Tatum (2021), and Al Horford (2017) are all past recipients. MORE: Jrue Holiday gets big contract extension "I would say he represents everything that it means to be a Celtic and a great teammate," said Celtics head coach Joe Mazzulla on White, via NBA.com's Taylor Snow. "There are a thousand things he does in practice or in the locker room or off the court that lead to that. So there’s not many people that are more deserving than he is." [caption id="attachment_344063" align="aligncenter" width="1556"] Apr 11, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby (8) and Boston Celtics guard Derrick White (9) battle for a loose ball during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] White has been an exceptional two-way performer for the Celtics throughout the 2023-24 season. He's averaged 15.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 73 games, with shooting percentages of .461/.396/.901. He's also played excellent defense at the point guard position, exemplified by 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Next step: contract extension? The C's decided to hand one out to fellow point guard Jrue Holiday this week. White figures to be another candidate for that. Unfortunately, the game didn't go so well for the Celtics, who lost to the Knicks 118-109. With home court throughout the playoffs clinched, the C's don't have much to play for until Game 1. The 2024 NBA Playoffs are scheduled to begin Saturday, April 20. Get complete Boston Celtics coverage at 985TheSportsHub.com. Matt Dolloff is a writer and podcaster for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Check out all of Matt's content. [select-listicle listicle_id="340622" syndication_name="boston-celtics-potential-playoff-matchups" description="yes"] [sendtonews key="64Q8SVLLNx-3551457-11378" type="single"]

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