All kidding aside, conditioning is the issue with White. He hasn't seen much top level competition in the better part of 2 years and when he did, both in his previous D League stint and the Sixers' preseason camp, he was physically not ready. I wonder if he has been working out with the Iowa State team (NCAA top 20 team) as his former coach Hoiberg has been one of his biggest defenders.
If White can somehow prove that he is NBA worthy, perhaps the Kings can come up with a modified travel plan to deal with the well documented flying anxiety.
My biggest issue with White is that he doesn't seem to like basketball or sports. I could look past anxiety or that he terribly mishandled the Rockets situation, or current limitations as a player. But he hardly played any basketball or practiced during that whole time, according to himself, so what kind of basketball prospect is that?
He has the strength of an NBA PF, he has a good handle for a PF, he can run the floor pretty well. He can bring the ball in transition and pass, but he plays for highlights (tries to make difficult passes) and turns it over a lot. Overall that's not enough to be an NBA player, and he doesn't have anything else. He can't shoot, he's powerfull but smallish inside, so he has no legit ways to score in the NBA.
He's kind of a much less athletic, no defense, no post game, worse shooting Josh Smith.
Well, that's how he looked last year in the DLeague anyway. But since he doesn't play basketball I don't see how he could've improved. He needs to take thousands and thousands of shots and if one day he developed a shot he'd maybe be an NBA player. If he could shoot, he could then bait defenders and use his dribble and muscle his way inside. He'd be a dangerous transition player too. Still would be limited without defense, but a passable player, especially in a run and gun system.
But learning to shoot takes work.
Last edited by BobLoblaw; Fri Mar 7th, 2014 at 02:35 PM.
To be different:
1. Drummond is a beast: the way he sucks up rebounds is unbelievable.
2. Davis is a clear all-star, and the second best.
Then there are a cluster of good players:
Some disappointments who might work out:
And some busts:
Drummond's rebunding is beastly indeed. The list of player seasons with 17%+ offensive rebounding, 27%+ offensive rebounding:
They didn't record those stats in the 60s, so I imagine maybe Wilt and Russell would belong there too. Either way, Drummond's rebounding is historically special.
Still, Rodman is the master. But Drummond is a beast as well. Drummond will never put up the same defensive rebound numbers as Rodman I imagine, since Rodman could move like a guard and collect all the loose balls further away. But Drummond might go down as the best offensive rebounder ever next to Moses Malone, if he keeps this up. He dominates the offensive glass and he's still only 20.
Royce White is likely to play in his first NBA regular season game soon:
Looking at the stats, White has not been overwhelming in his recent D League games.
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