#16: Royce White
As usual, the Houston Rockets have done the unconventional on draft day, adding a shooting guard and two more power forwards to a roster that was badly in need of a center . . .and already overloaded at guard and power forward.
Royce White was the second power forward drafted by the Rockets when Houston selected him with the 16th overall pick, joining Terence Jones, whom the Rockets selected at 18.
White has had some legal troubles, and has an anxiety issue that makes it difficult for him to fly, but when he’s actually on the court playing basketball he has an interesting skill set that could benefit the Rockets down the road. He lacks the height to play the NBA four, but his bulk would make it difficult for him to play the three. For that reason, scouts labeled him a power forward. He did some playmaking for Iowa State, and the Rockets love versatile players, so it’s easy to see why Houston would take a look at him.
Again, the Rockets have plenty of redundant talent, and this draft has only made that situation worse. We can almost certainly expect some trades to be made to make some sense out of the roster.