Rockets First Round Draft Pick: No. 16, Royce White

February 29, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Royce White (30) passes the ball past Missouri Tigers forward Ricardo Ratliffe (10) and Missouri Tigers guard Kim English (24) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-US PRESSWIRE

Nobody saw this coming. Nobody. Royce White, the talented, do-everything forward from Iowa State, is now a Houston Rocket, and if there's ever a boom-or-bust pick, this is it. He's good at everything except free-throw shooting. He also has a much-publicized anxiety disorder, but at 16, I think he's great value.

White is the type of player who can really tie a bunch of loose knots on a team together. Can he become a guy the Rockets can build around? Probably not. But he could be. And that's worth picking, in my opinion.

The Rockets now face life without a big man to develop. Tyler Zeller is now out of the sweepstakes after going to Cleveland at eighteen, and now the Rockets have some 'splaining to do. Who is going to play center? The Rockets constantly miss opportunities to fill the center hole, and while I like the White pick, he could have been available at eighteen by all indications.

For more on White, here's some analysis from SB Nation's Iowa State blog.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Dream Shake

You must be a member of The Dream Shake to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Dream Shake. You should read them.

Join The Dream Shake

You must be a member of The Dream Shake to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Dream Shake. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker