June 28, 1980 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||Newport School
(Silver Spring, Maryland)
|NBA draft||2001 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|2005||Golden State Warriors|
|2006||Lagun Aro Bilbao|
|2006–2007||Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro|
|2008||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2010–2011||Shandong Golden Stars|
|2011||Anyang KGC Pro Basketball Club|
|2012||Barako Bull Energy|
|2013||Petron Blaze Boosters|
|Career highlights and awards|
Rodney Charles White (born June 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball player. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, White played college basketball at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was named the national freshman of the Year by ESPN, and he was selected by the Detroit Pistons with the 9th overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft.
Despite his lofty 9th overall selection, White quickly fell out favor with new Pistons coach Rick Carlisle and played in only 16 games during the 2001-2002 season, averaging 3.5 points in 8.1 minutes.
Sensing untapped potential in White, then Denver Nuggets General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe took a gamble, sending a bounty of two players and a future first round pick to Detroit in exchange for White.
White had an inconsistent and tumultuous tenure in Denver. Flashes of brilliance on the offensive end were overshadowed by lack of defensive commitment, drawing the same ire from coach Jeff Bzdelik he had received from Carlisle in Detroit.
Overall, White averaged 7.7 points over 186 games with the Nuggets. His best output coming as an occasional starter during the hapless 17-win 2002-2003 season, in which he averaged 9 points in 72 games.
That poor season parlayed into a top pick in the draft, which the Nuggets used to select Carmelo Anthony. With a surefire star in Anthony now on board, Vandeweghe was able to concede failure and package White with fellow bust Nikoloz Tskitishvili. Late in the 2004-2005 season, the pair was dealt to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for Eduardo Najera, Luis Flores, and a future first round pick. The pick was later sent to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Allen Iverson trade.
White played sparingly in 16 games for the Warriors, averaging 5.1 points in 11.7 minutes.
White was released by the Warriors the following summer.
White's career picked up in Europe, but his journeyman tag remained. White first caught on in the Spanish League with Bàsquet Manresa, followed by a stint with Lagun Aro Bilbao. He was cut by Bilbao on November 1, 2006. The following month, he joined Scavolini-Gruppo Spar Pesaro in the Italian League for the remainder of their season. In November 2007, he joined the Chinese League team Zhejiang Guangsha. He next played with the Arecibo Captains of the Puerto Rican League. In the summer of 2008, he signed a contract with the Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv. He was cut by Maccabi on December 2, 2008. White later played for Zhejiang Guangsha in China. On June 15, 2011 he agreed to sign with the Anyang KGC Basketball team in South Korea.
In 2012, he was signed as an import for the Barako Bull Energy in the Philippine Basketball Association replacing former teammate DerMarr Johnson. He requested for his release due to family reasons after playing six games for the Energy.
In 2013, he was signed by the Petron Blaze Boosters, also in the Philippine Basketball Association, replacing Renaldo Balkman, who had been banned from the league after an altercation with a teammate. White himself was subsequently replaced by Henry Sims.