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While there are a number of players from this year's rookie class who have lived up to the draft-day expectations—I'm looking at you, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Dion Waiters, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond and more—there are also a select few who have quickly flamed out.
Plus, there's Royce White, who has yet to play in a single NBA game. His anxiety disorder has become a public battle and a cause for lots of controversy between basketball fans.
I'm not going to take sides between White and the Houston Rockets, but I will say that it's been quite a letdown for all of us hoping to see the multi-talented forward take his skill set to the next level.
Thomas Robinson has been another interesting name.
He wasn't very good for the Sacramento Kings, but the dysfunctional organization cut ties with him far too soon. He simply can't be called a bust at this stage of his career, and now, he'll have every opportunity to prove his worth with the Houston Rockets.
Finally, there's the biggest draft letdown of all: Austin Rivers.
The Duke product has averaged 6.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.2 turnovers per game through the first 60 professional contests of his career, and he's earned a putrid PER of just 5.97. Of the 334 qualified players on ESPN, only Sasha Pavlovic has been worse.
With a broken hand now sidelining him for at least a month (via Sports Illustrated), Rivers isn't going to have much of a chance to improve those numbers.
According to Basketball-Reference.com, the combination of playing time and utter futility on the court led Rivers to earn minus-1.1 win shares during his time with the New Orleans Hornets. That's a historically awful mark, one that should never be earned by a 10th overall pick.
If you look at value added on that aforementioned ESPN database, you'll find that Rivers ranks dead last at minus-95.9. Coming in at No. 333 and 332, respectively, are Norris Cole and Dahntay Jones, with scores of minus-67.3 and minus-43.8.