NBA GM Calls Former Player ‘Worst Draft Pick Ever’
When it became Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey turn with the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft, he had a choice to make.
With three draft picks in the first round that year, he wanted to take a chance. A chance that would possibly payoff big in the future.
Unfortunately that chance in choosing Royce White in that draft backfired as he never got the chance to play one game for them.
“I take some sort of pride in that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever.”
This is what Morey said in a Q&A discussion with Houston season ticketholders, on ClutchFans.net.
The forward had developed an anxiety disorder that wouldn’t allow him to step onto the court. This resulted in a back and forth with the organization on whether they should send him to the D-League, which he refused.
He was then traded to Philadelphia in the off-season.
It’s hard pressed to call him the worst first-round pick ever though. The Washington Wizards drafted Kwame Brown with the first overall pick in 2001. Michael Olowokandi with the Los Angeles Clippers in 1998? I mean they did both play games, which White has yet to do. But they weren’t very good as first round picks.