October 24, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Royce White (30) against the New Orleans Hornets during the first half of a preseason game at the New Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
At the recent Houston Rockets season ticket holder event Rockets general manager Daryl Morey expressed that he was proud that he drafted Royce White out of Iowa State with the 16th pick in 2012.
Morey believes his worst moves as a GM were drafting Royce White and surrendering a first-round draft pick in the Terrence Williams trade.
“I take some sort of pride that you could argue that Royce White is the worst first-round pick ever. 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 quipped.
via Morey Q&A: Expect Asik to remain a Rocket throughout contract | Houston Rockets Blog | ClutchFans.
The pick was a tainted from day one, with White suffering from anxiety disorder that made traveling across the country difficult. White was eventually traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, and ultimately released, and does not currently play in the NBA.
The pick was one of the Rockets worst, but what other picks were mistakes, click the slideshow to see the others: