Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Tony Wroten
In one of the better low cost, high reward moves made by Sam Hinkie during the offseason, he was able to bring in Tony Wroten via trade. And because of the way the roster has shaped up, Wroten will be a major contributor for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013. His rookie season with the Memphis Grizzlies was a struggle when he averaged 2.6 points on 38 percent shooting while only appearing in 35 games. But I truthfully think the Grizzlies gave up on Wroten too early and now the Sixers have a year to see if he can fit in their long term plans.
He will take on the role formerly occupied by Louis Williams that neither Dorrell Wright or Nick Young could handle as the sixth man. Wroten will be the scorer off the bench and can play both the shooting guard and point guard position.
There are obvious flaws in his game which is probably why Memphis gave up on him. They are a team looking to win right now and need a more experienced backup guard. But he is only 20 years old and has plenty of room to grow as a player. He struggles mightily shooting the basketball, and that continued in the preseason as he shot 31.4 percent over the final five preseason games. But he does have the ability to score because he can get into the lane and get to the free throw line.
With a projected second unit of Wroten, Darius Morris, Hollis Thompson, Lavoy Allen and Daniel Orton, Wroten is clearly the most talented offensive player in that group. He will be relied upon heavily by head coach Brett Brown to pick up the scoring when starters Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson and Evan Turner are out of the ball game.
Wroten is playing with a chip on his shoulder this season, feeling he deserved more of a shot with the Grizzlies. He will certainly get enough minutes in Philly to attempt to prove them wrong.