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Detroit Pistons #DraftDreams: Royce White

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Why I’m intrigued by this guy

I loved this line from Chad Ford:

“White showed off his LeBron James-esque (if you love him) or Boris Diaw-esque (if you’re not sure) ability to play like a point guard despite being 6-foot-8.”

You know what? I’d be cool with getting Boris Diaw on the unlikely chance he fell to the second round. White is someone I expect to rise rather than fall, but still … it would be great for a talent like him to last until the Pistons pick in the early second round.

Pros for the Pistons

There’s no question that talent-wise, Royce White is a first rounder. But maturity questions during his college career hurt his stock some and he’s hovered in the mid-first/early second territory in most preliminary mocks. Personally, I feel like he’s going to play his way solidly into the first with workouts before the draft, but if he doesn’t? He’d be an intriguing fit for the Pistons.

He’s big enough to handle himself up front, but he also has a face-up game and, most importantly, he’s a great passer. He’s kind of a bigger, more athletic Draymond Green — he can facilitate, he can rebound and he can score in a variety of ways. He won’t shoot as well as Green from the perimeter, but he finishes better inside. I think Green stands a better chance at being on the board when the Pistons pick in the second round, but I’d love to see a player with the skillset of either Green or White on the Pistons’ bench next season. Since the Pistons have guards in Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Knight who aren’t pass-first players, adding another player in White who, like Greg Monroe, is a naturally instinctive passer, wouldn’t be a bad thing.

Cons for the Pistons

I think White’s alleged ‘off-court issues’ seem overblown. He had a good season for Iowa State, including a pair of great performances in the NCAA Tournament. Still though, the Pistons love to tout how every one of their draft picks are also great humanitarians, so drafting someone in White who has had an off-court incident in his past would be contrary to that messaging. White has an anxiety disorder that he’s worked hard to manage, but with the interview processes all potential draftees have to go through, he’ll definitely get asked about it a lot.

On the court, White is used to having the ball in his hands a lot. With Stuckey, Knight, Monroe and Tayshaun Prince, it’s a good bet the Pistons wouldn’t use him in that kind of role. They’d have to be convinced he can thrive without the ball too in order to be sold on him, I’d guess.

What others are saying

Chad Ford:

Off the court, White suffers from a well-documented anxiety disorder that’s triggered, in part, by a fear of flying. White actually had his grandfather drive him from Ames, Iowa, to Louisville, Ky., to avoid an incident. How that affects him at the next level is anyone’s guess … but it is an issue that will be addressed even before the draft. NBA teams will want to interview him and administer tests, as well as have him visit. Most draft prospects are on planes every other day flying from city to city.

White did a lot to improve his stock this week and will get a serious look from NBA teams in the mid to late first round. But he’s going to have to shine in the draft workout process. Given how far he’s come already, it’s hard not to root for him.

DraftExpress:

To go along with his perimeter skills, White is also very comfortable operating in the post, showing the same unselfishness and willingness to find his teammates for open looks, while also being able to create baskets for himself. He displays excellent footwork, with the ability to back his man down or face him up, utilizing spin moves and his quick feet to get to the basket, where he then uses his strong body, soft touch, and excellent body control to finish at the rim.

NBADraft.net:

White is a high risk/high reward prospect if there ever was one … His development will have to be handled very carefully by whichever team drafts him … If he’s selected by a team that is willing to both be patient and let him play to his strengths, then he very well could be the steal of the draft.

West Des Moines Patch:

Royce is not only a one-of-a-kind talent, but is also the most engaging and genuine young man I’ve worked with in my five years coaching in the league.

I’ve had the opportunity to coach some great players and people such as Wes Johnson (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Harrison Barnes (North Carolina), among many others. These players were impressive people in various ways but, other than Josh Young from Drake, Royce was the first person to truly engage with the fans in the stands and individual kids who looked up to him – not just in conversations about basketball but anything.

What is the best thing Royce White does for his team?

Jeremiah Davis (follow him on Twitter) is the sports editor for The Iowa State Daily, Iowa State’s student newspaper:

Royce White presents skills and abilities unlike almost any other college player in the country. His ability to affect the game from all parts of the floor are made evident by his leading the Cyclones in points, assists, rebounds, blocks and steals during his one season at Iowa State. He excelled when distributing the ball as much as when he took it to the hoop, and seemed more excited and eager to have his teammates involved than himself. More than anything else, though, is White’s strength. What he lacks in height, he makes up for in both upper body and leg strength. He showed against the likes of Andre Drummond, Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis that he can overpower guys with greater size and length, which bodes well for him at the next level.

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10 Comments

  • Apr 25, 20129:29 am
    by tarsier

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    Can’t see him falling to the Pistons in the second round. But it would be great if he did, especially because you know he will then be described as the epitome of a model citizen. I’m sure if Detroit had drafted DeMarcus Cousins, we would have been told that he may have had some issues in the past, but Dumars feels he was one of the highest character players in the draft.

  • Apr 25, 201210:30 am
    by rick

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    I watched him play a few games and said to myself” this kid is a player”. He has that professional feel to him like he knows hes better than everyone else on the court. In my opinion wherever he goes sombody is going to get a player. This man can come in probably play right away. If Jason Maxiel left this could possibly be his replacement upgrade. He would be just like Maxiel but with handles and a better overall small forward/power forward skills. Dont know if he has the hops and plays defense in the way that Maxiel does but he certainly would be a talent upgrade. I dont know why everyone was so or is so high on Singler if not other than his rookie scale contract. He showed me nothing at Duke and everyone seems to think he can supplant Tayshaun. Now I know that Tayshaun is older and many see his contract as an albatross but in no way shape or form do I see Singler outplaying him, and he if he was that good I am pretty sure many other GMs that passed on him would have taken him rather than allow the Pistons draft him. I dont know how many threes/small forwards we will have next year but I would like to see Prince, White if available when we pick in 2nd round, and Jerebko at the three and not starting in that order. Daye, Wilkins, and Singler can all walk as far as Im concerned because they are all stop gap players.

  • Apr 25, 201212:16 pm
    by vic

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    I think Royce white would be the only reason not to pick up Jae Crowder in round two.
    That and if we end up with Perry Jones in round 1.
    I don’t think he’ll last that long though.

  • Apr 25, 20121:53 pm
    by frankie d

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    depending on a lot of “ifs” i would seriously consider taking white, if the pistons were picking 9th or 10th.
    he is, after davis, imho, the most talented guy in the draft.
    think about this: he almost went to kentucky.  if he’d been on the kentucky team, imho, he would have been the second best player, right behind davis.
    as was noted by the profiles, he is high risk/high reward and could easily be seen as the sleeper of the draft, if he plays to his potential.  he is a top-level talent who could be there for the taking.   the rest of the players who will be available will all have their risks, though the upside for them will not be as great as it would be for white.
    i’d take him on one condition: he underwent an extraordinary series of exams and tests and if he passed those, if the professionals who should know, say that he’ll probably be able to handle his anxiety and have an nba career.
    he will not last past the mid-first, maybe the 20th pick.  
    especially after he blows everyone away at the draft combines and the workouts.

    • Apr 25, 20122:14 pm
      by tarsier

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      It would be a terrible idea to take him in the top 10. He has enough upside to end up looking like a solid pick there if all went well, but you either take a sure thing or a guy who has enough upside to be worthy of a top 5 pick if all goes well.

    • Apr 26, 20121:01 am
      by D_S_V

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      He’d be my second best guess to become an All Star after Davis.

  • Apr 25, 20123:18 pm
    by frankie d

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    white is that guy with top 5 talent.  after the combos and workouts that will be obvious.  he is much, much more than a “solid pick”.  he’s a number one or two option on a very good team if all goes well.
    after the top picks – davis, kidd-gilchrist, robinson, maybe drummond – what are the “sure” things?
    all of the guys after that tier – barnes, sullinger, pjones – have question marks.  and white is more talented than any of those guys.
    when you screw up like the pistons and continue to pick in the mid-lottery, taking a big gamble can be worth it.
    is it a huge gamble?  you bet.  but if he pans out, you have one of the best players in the draft taken around 10.  
    my only concern is his psychological stuff.  if the team gets the go-ahead from the folks they hire to evaluate him, i’d take him in a heartbeat around 9 or 10.  he makes guys like barnes look like grade schoolers.

  • Apr 25, 20123:34 pm
    by Daye and Knight

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    Might want to do a section on Austin Rivers…the past few days I’ve seen 2-3 sites having us take him with the 9th pick. Not sure if we would but with Dumars you can’t really tell.

  • Apr 25, 20125:23 pm
    by sop

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