With the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics at the Bob Carpenter Center tonight, all eyes will be on one player in particular — Royce White. Tom Moore of the Bucks County Courier Times tweeted earlier on Thursday, that head coach Brett Brown said, “I’m looking forward to Royce playing Friday versus the Celtics.”
For Sixers fans, this is good news to hear but the bad news is tonight’s game will not be televised. Except for a few attending the game, the best most will be able to go off is how his stats look at the end of the night.
This is going to be a first time in a while that Royce White has played in an NBA game. Last season, White was in the NBA D-League for the most part, while dealing with anxiety attacks. White hasn’t tapped into his NBA potential that I believe coach Brown will be able to bring out of him.
White is a big guy. Standing at 6-foot-8, 260 pounds I hope that Brown can get his motor running. His body type almost reminds me of Thaddeus Young. Young is a tweener big man and White could be just like that for this young Sixers team.
My expectations for White tonight are to at least get 10 points and five rebounds. If he does that then I will be satisfied. Supposedly, White is a solid shooter and was able to show that while attending Iowa State University.
At Iowa State, in his only season there, he averaged 13.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Plus he shot 53 percent from the field and 33 percent from the three point line.
If the Sixers take their time with White and let him grow and get comfortable then I believe he could be a great asset and we will all get to see him at his full potential. Tonight will be the first step for the rest of his NBA career. We’re all patiently awaiting the results.