Is how exhaustive time and effort goes into giving people two seconds of amusement?
That was the main question regarding ESPN’s complete NBA player rankings, which were released Monday starting at the bottom. There at No. 500, to Twitter’s delight, was Sixers forward Royce White, just below former Celtics center Fab Melo, sitting pretty at No. 499.
The presence of White, a 2012 first-round draft pick who has yet to play in an NBA game due to his struggles with an anxiety disorder, is either mildly entertaining or marginally offensive, depending on one’s point of view. Melo’s ranking as the second-worst in the game was a bit of a gut punch to the Green Teamers who thought Melo was the next Robert Parish. The likes of Jordan Henriquez, Miroslav Raduljica and Tim Ohlbrecht all get to look down on Melo now, should any of them ever get on the court in an actual NBA game.
After chuckling quietly at White’s placement, though, most readers surely came to the same astonishing conclusion: An ...