Former Rocket Royce White Is Literally the Worst (According to ESPN.com)
Wow, incredible to think that at this time a year ago, Royce White was a fairly promising prospect coming off of a summer league performance where he actually, y'know, played basketball, which unto itself and in retrospect is a major upgrade over the regular season, which he spent entirely either a) in a bathrobe or b) languishing in the D-League for a month.
Now that promising former first rounder is considered by people with jobs to be the WORST at his job. Number 500!
I'm reminded of a bit from an episode of Seinfeld, the episode where one of Elaine's co-workers falls for George because she (mistakenly) thinks that he's a "bad boy," some kind of quasi-tough guy. Over a cup of coffee, Jerry helps George realize the source of her infatuation, and then proceeds to rattle off all the things that George was actually "bad" at other than "boy"...
But this ranking represents at the very least a tangible reminder that Royce White is now thought to be something we never thought he would be -- a bad basketball player! And this for a guy who is just a couple of months removed from telling his Twitter followers that he is in an elite class when it comes to basketball skills:
A lot of talk... "Cut Royce", "Trade Royce", only a few players with my skill set in the WHOLE league... everybody knows it. #RedNation— Royce White (@Highway_30) June 30, 2013
Since then, not only has Royce White been traded, but he's now ranked behind something called a Miroslav Raduljica in the eyes of experts who evaluate the league. They even tacked on one of those red "stock down" arrows to Royce's box on the grid, as if to say, "Not only do you suck more than everybody else, but the potential is there for you to suck even more, Royce!!"
Naturally, ESPN.com's rankings didn't escape the tractor beam that is White's social media rabbit ears. He saw and responded in typical Royce White fashion:
Royce White gets his first crack at trying to climb the list later this month when the Sixers convene at training camp. It's a long, slow climb from number 500. Getting out of his slippers and onto an actual NBA court is a start.
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