Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
This couldn't have been the rookie year that Royce White, or the Houston Rockets, had anticipated.
At No. 16 overall, White got his guaranteed contract, but it could end up being the last one he'll ever receive in the NBA.
White has made his anxiety disorder public through television interviews and social media platforms, as well as his disapproval with how the Rockets have been treating it. It's resulted in a back-and-forth between team and player that has only reflected negatively on the player.
As a rookie with no credentials, White has seemed to overstep his boundaries in how he's approached the situation. Though an unprecedented situation given his mental health, many have been turned off by the way he's publicly handled it.
To this day, White still hasn't suited up in a regular-season game for the Rockets and has admitted that it may never happen.
You could say the Rockets are losers in this one also, but they at least used the draft to help acquire a superstar in James Harden (trading Jeremy Lamb, No. 12 overall).
White is a unique talent who ultimately comes with heavy baggage. I'm just not sure how many teams will be willing to pay the extra fee.