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I raved about White's talent and potential prior to the draft, and I am not backing down.
I think this kid is going to be special.
This is a kid who led his Iowa State team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals last year and was the only player in the country to do that.
White is probably the most unique player in the draft, being a 6'8", 260+ lb. forward who can handle and pass the rock like a point guard.
He also has a nice low postgame to boot. Yes, he needs a considerable amount of work on his jump shot, but his form isn't terrible, which leads me to believe he could at least be a serviceable jump shooter down the line.
What assures me most that White is already prepared to contribute on the NBA level is his basketball IQ and floor vision. He possesses a great feel for the game, and when a rookie already has those kinds of basketball smarts, the future is very bright for him.
I loved this pick for the Rockets, and with their trade of Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 18 pick (which turned out to be Terrence Jones), the door is wide open for White to produce immediately. He will still be behind Chandler Parsons on the depth chart, but make no mistake: He will see the floor, especially if Houston ends up trading Luis Scola.
The question is, what position will White primarily play?
Small forward or power forward? He certainly has the ability to play both, and that versatility could pay big dividends for the Rockets.