Rockets GM: Royce White ‘Could’ Be Worst 1st-Round Draft Pick Ever


When you are able to land the likes of Dwight Howard and James Harden on a consistent basis, who really cares when your one draft blunder could be the worst in NBA history.

During a question-and-answer session with Houston Rockets season ticket holders, GM Daryl Morey was quite honest in assessing his drafting of Royce White.

White, was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Rockets, only to be traded the 76ers this past off-season.  White never panned out for both clubs, and is now out the NBA.


According to’s Ben DuBose, Morey acknowledge that the selection of White in the first round, could be the worst draft pick ever.

“I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever,” cracked Morey, via DuBose. “He’s the only one that never played a minute in the NBA that wasn’t just a foreign guy staying in Europe. It just shows we swing for the fence.”

Morey is pretty calm for a guy who wasted a first-rounder on a forward with anxiety issues who never played a minute of regular-season basketball.

Then again, White is no longer his headache.

I think the Cleveland Cavaliers may be prepared to have this conversation after drafting Anthony Bennett No. 1.