About a month or so ago, ESPN.com put out their list of the top 500 players in the NBA. As the league in season has only 450 players cumulatively on all the rosters, to get to 500 you had to have some real scrubs on that list.
And they did. Among the names dotting the latter portion of the 400's were Dexter Pittman, Tim Olbrecht, and something called a Vitor Faverani.
But there could only be one number 500, and that honor went to former Rocket and then current 76er Royce White.
Well, yesterday, we fulfillment occurred as the Sixers validated White's number 500 ranking by cutting him before the start of the season.
White's stint in the league has been highly turbulent up to this point, largely because of anxiety issues that forced White to eschew air travel and, in turn, miss games. He spent a large chunk of his rookie year hanging out in his bathrobe at his home in Houston refusing to play. White eventually accepted a D-League assignment to Rio Grande for about a month before returning to Houston to "work out on his own."
Thankfully, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey, as he had done a few other times, managed to undo one of the few unproductive transactions of his tenure constructing the Rockets, as he was able to unload White (who was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft) on his former apprentice and new Philadelphia GM Sam Hinkie on the same day that Dwight Howard agreed to become a Houston Rocket.
Essentially, Morey bubble wrapped White, stapled the rights to Furkan Aldemir to one of White's ears, stapled a check for White's 2013-2014 salary to the other ear and the Sixers sent back a token second round pick in return, a pick that was top 55 protected. How do you know you're a shitty employee? When your employer agrees to pay your salary and give up another player just to have another team take you off of their hands, that's a pretty good indicator.
Clearly, the issues with the Rockets were not just White's anxiety impeding his ability to get on the floor but the whimsical and cavalier manner with which he went about his business, oftentimes publicly calling out the team for their handling of him and jousting with fans who grew impatient with his act.
As a Sixer, White was actually able to get on the floor this preseason, but struggled with conditioning and defense. The "high point" of White's preseason was probably a few nights ago when he managed to foul out of a game against the Cavaliers in 17 minutes.
That's not easy to do.
Nor is it easy to get cut by a team that will likely challenge the record for fewest wins in a season, but White managed to do that, too.
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So now Royce White, armed with one wasted season and one unsuccessful training camp, heads back to the waiver wire, likely awaiting a D-League assignment. I was about to type "or a call from overseas," but if you don't want to get on a plane to Golden State, I would imagine it'd be an issue getting on a plane to Greece.
So as Royce White continues to live down to the hype commensurate with the number 500 player in the league, it behooves him to get his act together. After all, those baby mommas aren't gonna pay for themselves.
— Royce White (@Highway_30) October 24, 2013
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