After acquiring the Celtics 21st and 22nd overall picks here is my second selection in the FanSided mock draft after taking Anthony Davis No 1.
Draft selection #21
New Orleans Hornets (via BOS)
Player name: Royce White
School: Iowa State
Short summary of the player and his stats from college
Super-intriguing prospect with lottery-level tools and talent. Thick, powerful and intimidating frame. Aggressive athlete that likes to attack the rim. Possesses great speed for someone his size. Runs the court extremely well, especially with the ball in his hands. Doesn’t have a problem with pulling down a defensive rebound and then leading the fast-break himself. Remarkable ball-handler. Doesn’t have the loose dribble that a lot of other taller players have. Sharp crossover that becomes deadly when he picks up some speed. Passing ability rivals a lot of point guard prospects. Good awareness of where his teammates are on the court and skilled at delivering the ball to them in a position to score. Strong area rebounder. Boxes out well. Respectable mid-range shooter. Has the strength and quickness to be an excellent scorer in the post. Should be an incredibly difficult player to matchup against. Won’t be a great shot-blocker, but has all the tools to defend power forwards well in the NBA. Led his team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks during his freshman season.
Why the decision was made to select this player
After trading the 10th overall pick to the Boston Celtics for the 21st and 22nd overall picks it would be best to pick the best available players that fill some need. Royce White is by far the best player left on the board at this point and is so versatile he could play many roles on this team. He is a big body who can take a lot of low post pressure off Anthony Davis, and he could do this while playing small forward. At the same time White could also drop 5-10 assist per game, depending on how many times the ball is in his hands. Royce White and Anthony Davis would be a force together; teams would have problems matching up with them. White is so big that it would take a Power Forward to guard him in the post, but quick enough to easily get by most on the perimeter.
How he will fit in with the team
With the Hornets trading Trevor Ariza Royce White would come in and instantly start at the small forward position. He is truly a complete player, granted his 3 -point ability. Also, with the Hornets not having someone to run the offense yet, it would not hurt having White there to be the primary ball handler sometimes throughout the game. The Hornets will give White the opportunity he needs to shine.
Best case and worst case scenarios for this player
For lack of a better word, the best-case scenario for Royce White is that he comes in and straight dominates. He already has the ideal body size for a dominant NBA player. White is not going to be the next Lebron James but he has all the tools and potential to put up the same stat lines Lebron has consistently put up. 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assist would be an average stat line for Royce White in his best case scenario.
The worst-case scenario for Royce White is that he starts having personal problems again and does not get over his fear of flying. Other than that I don’t really see a worst case scenario for Royce White.