Duke basketball: Jack White wins NBA Finals with Denver Nuggets

Duke basketball forward Jack White (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball forward Jack White (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball forward Jack White is an NBA Champion with the Denver Nuggets. 

In his rookie season in the NBA, former Duke basketball forward Jack White will be going home with an NBA Championship ring.

White’s Denver Nuggets defeated the Miami Heat on Monday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, winning the series 4-1.

It was the first time the organization has even been in the NBA Finals, let alone winning a championship in its 47 year history.

The ex-Blue Devil did not play in the series — or postseason — as he was a healthy scratch but remained on the bench throughout the championship run.

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Jack White played in 17 games this season for the Denver Nuggets, averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per contest while shooting 42.1-percent from the floor and 33.3-percent from 3-point range.

White spent the other portion of his season in the NBA G-League with the Grand Rapids Gold, the affiliate of the Nuggets, where he averaged 20.9 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game despite only playing 14 games with the team.

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Jack White averaged just 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game during his four year career at Duke and returned to his home in Australia shortly after graduation to begin his professional basketball career.

White ruptured his achilles tendon just months into his rookie season in the Australian NBL but returned to the court in eight months and looked like a completely different player.

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Jack White earned an invitation to the NBA Las Vegas Summer League last July and carried over his play from the NBL in which he averaged 7.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game and immediately inked a two-way contract with the organization.

It’s conceivable — and somewhat likely — that Jack White will return to the NBA Summer League with the Denver Nuggets this summer.

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