HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Philadelphia 76ers forward Royce White is, according to ESPN, the worst player in the NBA. The media giant ranks every player in the league in its annual player rankings, a worst-to-first countdown that kicked off Tuesday with the one of the league’s most confounding players.
White’s situation has been baffling from the start. The Houston Rockets drafted him 16th overall out of Iowa State in 2012, but the 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward, an intriguing blend of power, grace and versatility, has yet to play his first NBA minute. White suffers from an anxiety disorder that includes a fear of flying, something that could be debilitating for an NBA player and his career. He used his new-found public platform last season to criticize the Rockets, the NBA and society in general for a fundamental lack of understanding of mental disorders, championing the cause to create acceptable working environments…
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