The Philadelphia 76ers have been without exciting rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams over the past few games. Meanwhile, second-year guard Tony Wroten has been filling in for the rookie, having much more success than he did in his rookie year in the NBA with the Memphis Grizzlies last season.
In his two starts prior to Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers in the last week, Wroten was absolutely fantastic. He combined for 41 points, 10 assists, 13 rebounds, two blocks and one steal while shooting a solid 20-42 from the field. However, his fortunes changed as the Sixers took on their best opponent of this recent stretch in the Clips.
In 36 minutes on the floor, Wroten finished the game with nine points, seven assists, 10 rebounds and one steal. While his numbers outside of his scoring were solid, his 2-12 shooting on the night detracts a great deal of the value from them. Seven assists are a lot less effective when you shoot 16.7 percent on the way to doing so.
Wroten, in a much bigger role and more consistent minutes than in his rookie season, has shown why there were several people wanting to see him on the floor more in Memphis last season. However, one thing that has come with his inexperience and youth has been inconsistency.
Wroten has become somewhat regular about impressing you one game and then having a let-down soon after. For a backup point guard, that’s not necessarily the worst thing. However, for a player filling in as a starter and with hopes of seeing a consistently bigger role in the future of his career, that’s certainly an area where Wroten will need to improve.
The Sixers’ guard needs to do a more ample job of assessing what parts of the game he’s having success in on a nightly basis and try not to force things. If he’s able to do so, there should be many good things ahead of the youngster.