Why Royce White Would Be Intriguing For Spurs?

By George Middleton

I will start this article by saying that it’s not going to be easy to get Royce White in a Spurs uniform or any other NBA uniform. White, a 16th pick (Houston Rockets) in the 2012 draft is quite a talent. The problem with White is he has battled anxiety issues (flying planes).

Last week the Spurs offered White a summer league roster spot. The Los Angeles Clippers also have interest in the Iowa State product. White averaged 11 points in 16 games with Rio Grande, but he didn’t travel with the team by plane to a few games, including the playoffs.

What makes White intriguing?

White is a 6″8 power forward with a handle and passing ability of a guard. At Iowa State he averaged 13.4 points and 9.3 rebounds. These numbers indicate that White can also crash the glass with the big men. The statistic that jumps out is his 5 assists a game. Most point guards in college basketball don’t average 5 assists and he was doing so in arguably the top conference (Big-12) in college hoops.

Where can White improve? It’s simple his shooting. He was a 50% free-throw shooter and only made 4 of 12 threes all season. White also is turnover prone (3.8), a bit understanding for his usage.

If White puts it together there is no question he is good enough to have a role on most NBA teams. His game is similar to Boris Diaw, as he makes great passes and can defend multiple positions. They are also the same size (6″8) and ironically Diaw is on the Spurs. Maybe Diaw, who was a below 30% three-point shooter his first three NBA seasons, can give him a few shooting pointers.

Below is a Royce White clip by scottmcgrady. White, who was playing for Rio Grande Valley finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists against the Austin Toros.