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#11 Okaro White
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  • Miami Heat
  • Signed as a free agent in January 2017
  • SF/PF
  • 6'8" / 204lbs
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  • 08/13/1992
  • USA
  • Undrafted, 2014
  • Florida State
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31st July, 2014ItalySigned a one year contract with Granarolo Bologna.
7th August, 2015GreeceSigned a one year contract with Aris Thessaloniki.
15th July, 2016NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with Miami.
22nd October, 2016NBAWaived by Miami.
1st November, 2016D-LeagueDesignated as an allocated player by Sioux Falls Skyforce.
17th January, 2017NBASigned a 10 day contract with Miami.
27th January, 2017NBASigned a second 10 day contract with Miami.
6th February, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2018 with Miami.
16th February, 2017D-LeagueAssigned by Miami to Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
21st February, 2017D-LeagueRecalled by Miami from Sioux Falls Skyforce of the D-League.
23rd August, 2017D-LeagueDrafted 7th overall in the 2017 D-League Expansion Draft by Memphis Hustle.
Career Moves
Time PeriodTeam
2010 - 2014Florida State (NCAA)
July 2014Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
July 2014 - June 2015Granarolo Bologna (Italy)
July 2015Memphis Grizzlies (Summer League)
July 2015Dallas Mavericks (Summer League)
August 2015 - June 2016Aris Thessaloniki (Greece)
July 2016Orlando Magic (Summer League)
July 2016Miami Heat (Summer League)
July 2016 - October 2016Miami Heat (NBA)
November 2016 - January 2017Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League)
January 2017 - presentMiami Heat (NBA)

June 29, 2017

Okaro White
SF/PF, 6’8, 204lbs, 24 years old, 1 year of experience

White won his spot on a 10-day contract and pushed out Derrick Williams, but subsequently struggled somewhat after winning the spot. In theory, White is a three-and-D power forward with occasional small forward minutes, who hustles, can drive the ball a bit against slower opponents, taking contact, disrupting on defence with his good hands, and finishing well with those same good hands. Without great strength or athleticism, that projection is favourable only if the shots go in, and if he can also rebound a bit. Work is needed on both of those aspects.

Player Plan: Unguaranteed minimum salary contract for next season, final year. Has not in my estimation done enough to stick around, but the variable guarantee dates can give him a chance to prove his worth.


June 20, 2014

Okaro White loves what he does.

Okaro White, Florida State

2013/14 stats: 30.1 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.1 bpg, 0.8 spg, 3.0 fpg, 1.9 TOpg, 51.4% FG, 37.5% 3PT, 79.8% FT

White has the body of a small forward who has played more and more like a face-up power forward as his career has gone on. This has been most obvious in the development of his three point jump shot, which, although not on especially high volume, is now pretty good. Indeed, that's a description of White as a whole. In no way does he obviously exceed or excel, yet at everything, he is pretty good.

Although not a featured ball handler, White is an effective one- or two-dribbler against the slower defensive bigs he often matches up again. Although not an elite athlete himself, White has good size, a decent frame and a long wing span, and has a decent level of speed and leap that he uses to run the floor and finish when set up. Although not especially strong, White compensates by scrapping and hustling, and commits to throwing himself into contact with reckless abandon and without fear. Although not a creator with the ball in his hands or in the post, White is an accomplished finisher, an increasingly good shooter and a useful cutter. Although he cannot create jump shots, he can hit them. And although he can be clumsy with the ball, reaching in and sometimes on checking fouls, this does not stop him trying.

Defensively, White projects well. His hustle and effort are there, and he tries to be physical even when overmatched. He also has good hands to go with that relentless energy, closes out well, and could in theory match up on bigger threes along with opposing fours. If he can stick the jumpers with more frequency at a similar efficiency, then his useful and committed all-around game could take him to the NBA level.


March 15, 2011

[...] The offense hasn't been as bad as expected, however, and has improved during the season, in part due to the contributions of the freshman James, Ian Miller and Okaro White. Miller has missed some time with injury, yet when he's been healthy, he's been Florda State's best backcourt scorer, the best guard shooter, the best guard at creating in isolation. He is an athletic combo-guard, great transition player, and, predictably, a player with good defensive potential as well. Meanwhile, White is an athletic and versatile 6'8, vaunted initially for his defense (obviously) yet proving effective as a mid-range-and-in offensive player, too. He can score in the post, and is good enough of a ball handler to be effective at throwing himself wildly towards the rim, albeit with high turnover numbers as an inevitable by-product. The incoming class of White, Kreft, Miller and White have supplemented the defense, given then enough of a talent infusion to overcome the offensive flaws, and pushed the Seminoles back into the tournament.