Tony Wroten did something unprecedented on Wednesday night. The second-year point guard became the first player in NBA history to have a triple double in his first-ever start in an overtime win for the Philadelphia 76ers over the Houston Rockets.
This was on a night where Jeremy Lin was absolutely en fuego, draining threes seemingly all night long, finishing with 9 three-pointers made in all. However, it was Wroten filling in for the injured Michael Carter-Williams who overshadowed Lin.
Wroten did a bit of everything as he finished with 18 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. Keep in mind this was his first time starting in a pro basketball game. The 20-year-old certainly showed his major potential leading his team by a solid Rockets squad granted minus star two-guard James Harden.
Perhaps Wroten’s most impressive play was a desperation assist in which it looked like he was about to go out of bounds but fired a bullet pass to James Anderson who hit the miraculous game tying three with a hand in his face.
These are the type of plays the athletic Wroten is capable of. Some say maybe he gets wild at times or a bit out of control but this is expected for such a young player. However, on this night, we saw Wroten play with a sense of calm and composure as he led his team back from a deficit and then ultimately to a win in over time.
The 76ers look set at the point guard spot for the next decade. Between Carter-Williams and Wroten, they have two young athletes capable of making plays and scoring when called upon. The future is certainly bright at the point in 76er land.