25. Andrew Nicholson
Canadian Andrew Nicholson was anything but a wizard with the Orlando Magic. The Magic took the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Nicholson out of St. Bonaventure University with the 19th choice in 2012. After four unmemorable seasons in Orlando, Nicholson signed a four-year contract valued at $26 million to join the Washington Wizards in July 2016. Nicholson was lost on the hardwood in The District, and he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in February 2017. Nicholson now plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. The 28-year-old Nicholson averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists over 285 games with the Magic, Wizards and Nets.
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24. Royce White
Clinical anxiety and a visceral fear of flying thwarted any chance that power forward Royce White had to launch as a Rocket in Houston. The Rockets picked the 6-foot-8, 260-pound White out of Iowa State University 16th overall in 2012. Because of traveling concerns, White spurned the Rockets and instead played for the Edinburg, Texas-based Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. Regrettably, White’s mental health continued to deteriorate and he quit the Vipers and then squandered opportunities with the Sacramento Kings and Reno Bighorns. After a one-year hiatus, White agreed to compete for the London Lightning of the NBL Canada in December 2016. White prospered north of the border and won that league’s MVP honors in 2017. However, shortly after verbally abusing a referee in April of this year, the 27-year-old White bolted the Lightning and signed to play for Italy’s Auxilium Pallacanestro Torino Lega Basket Serie A.
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