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What Royce White Means to the Kings

The top of the NBA standing Kings were always littered with pass-first players that made their teammates better. Every unit that did not have that skill in Sacramento did not win. From 85-98, it was rare to see anyone on the roster who could pass the ball besides the point guard. From 2005-now it has been the same thing. Peja, Vlade Divac, Chris Webber, Jason Williams, Doug Christie and Mike Bibby (Bibby prior to the rest of the team being shown the door) were all guys who could and would create for others. There is not one guy one the Kings who will willingly pass the ball if they think they can get a shot off. Demarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas are both skilled enough to pass the ball, but when push comes to shove...its going up. Whether it is the Kings of the early 200s, or any good team in the NBA now (Spurs/Heat), they move the ball to get easy baskets. The only guy the Kings had who would pass willingly was Jimmer, but he wasn't very good at it most of the time.

Enter Royce White. The glass half empty perspective is to view Royce White as a trouble maker because he has all these "needs". Which is probably the most close minded and ignorant thing you can do at this point. Do we know if Royce White will ever overcome his anxiety disorder quickly enough to have a consistent NBA career? Beats me. He could just be the reference point we look back in time with when we look back at how far we have come 20 years from now in terms of dealing with disorders in the workplace. But moving back to basketball...

Royce White is a complete player with one big fault, he has a very awkward Kenny Thomas-esque jumpshot, without the Kenny Thomas like efficiency. Royce White is a lot like Charles Barkley. He is too strong for SFs, and too quick for PFs. Yes, he gives up a few inches to the stretch 4's, but he makes up for it in strength, quickness and skill. He isn't quiet as athletic as Barkley was, but he does so many things well just as Sir Charles did. I am not saying he is on that level of production, because he probably will never rebound or score the the Round Mound of Rebound, but he is a better ball handler and passer who uses his frame to his advantage just like Barkley did. White has the opportunity to make the Kings much more balanced as a team with his facilitating ability. The point guard often does not make the team a good passing team, its the other players around him that tip the scale in the favor of ball movement and easy baskets. I hope we get to see White do his thing, and hopefully it wins Sacramento some ball games in the future. If you are not up on Royce White, just go to youtube.com, scroll past all of the anxiety interviews and watch him dominate at Iowa State while rarely shooting. He has the ability to make a contribution without scoring. The only time you see that anymore is with rebounding bigs such as Reggie Evans, rarely in a facilitating forward.


(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)

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