23 February 2014

Can D.J. White Make the Cut as a Bolts Import?

D.J. White
One of the players being considered by the Meralco Bolts as a possible import in the next conference is Dewayne "D. J." White, Jr.

D.J. White was selected with the 29th pick in the 2008 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft by the Detroit Pistons but his rights were later traded to the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City). Even before he can even play his first game as a professional, he had to endure five months of his rookie season on the injured list after he had to undergo a surgery to remove a benign growth in his jaw.

The native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama finally made his professional debut for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA D-League on 18 March 2009 before officially playing for the Thunder on 5 April 2009. In his rookie season, the 6’9” power-forward and center played in seven games and averaged 8.9 points and 4.6 rebounds.

During the 2009–10 season, D.J. White played in eight games with Oklahoma City, averaging 4.8 points and 1.9 rebounds, before requiring surgery in January to repair a fractured thumb. After recovering, D.J. White was assigned to the Tulsa 66ers on where he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds in four starts.

In the beginning of the 2010–11 season, D.J. White was included in the Thunder's 15-man roster, which later exercised their fourth-year contract option by trading D.J. White and Morris Peterson to the Charlotte Bobcats for Nazr Mohammed.

On September 2012, D.J. White signed with the Shanghai Sharks of China before the 27-year old was snatched by Boston Celtics for a 10-day contract. He was later resigned to a multi-year contract. White was a part of the Boston Celtics late playoff push finishing 7th in the Eastern Conference before being eliminated by the New York Knicks (4-2) in the first round.

During the off-season, D.J. White was part of the Celtics ‘mega trade package’ that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnet, Jason Terry and him to the Brooklyn Nets in return for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, Keith Bogans, Marshawn Brooks and Kris Joseph.

D.J. White was subsequently waived by the Nets but joined the Chicago Bulls training camp in September 2013. However, the Bulls decided to keep only 13 players on their roster forcing D.J. White out of a job.

In his six seasons with the NBA, D.J. White played a total of 136 games averaging 6.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists. His career average dipped to an all-time low when he was with the Celtics after his playtime declined to only about 7.2 minutes per game.

Now, D.J. White is in China playing in the Chinese Basketball Association after being signed to a one-year contract by the Sichuan Blue Whales.

The 251 pound D.J. White will joined another former first round NBA draft pick and Syracuse University standout Jonny Flynn (6th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009) at the Blue Whales roster. He also worked the post with NBA veteran Hamed Haddadi.

D. J. White played 27 games with the Blue Whales where he averaged 20.2 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He is also shooting a decent 67.2 percent from the 2-point area and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

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