Point guard Tony Wroten impressed in his first live action as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. New Sixers head coach Brett Brown called him the star of the day as he made plays on both ends of the floor.
Wroten seemed to play the floor general role well, driving and dishing and making plays for his offensive teammates. Wroten could end up being a very valuable piece for the Sixers. Last year, the Sixers struggled to find anyone to give Jrue Holiday a break, as the backup point guard position was in a state of flux all season.
Wroten could finally give the Sixers a backup to eat up minutes and make plays on either end of the court. While Wroten had some dazzling plays on offense, he also frustrated rookie starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams on the defensive end as he came up with a few steals that led to fast breaks.
Playing defense and making plays for teammates are some of the most valuable traits a point guard can display — so far, so good for Wroten. Believe it or not, Wroten is 20-years old, just one year younger than Carter-Williams.
If Wroten continues to develop, he could be another building block for a young Sixers roster that is trying to accumulate as much young talent as possible. Wroten was acquired by GM Sam Hinkie for basically peanuts. If he keeps up his progression, he can be the Sixers’ backup point guard and maybe more for the next 10 years.