Philadelphia 76ers: Changing of the Guard for Tony Wroten

By Alan Gung
Tony Wroten
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The Philadelphia 76ers are resorting to using shooting guard Tony Wroten as Michael Carter-Williams’ back-up point guard. They sent their only true back-up point guard, Lorenzo Brown down to the D-League.

The first half of the season is looking bleak for the Sixers, coach Brett Brown is still figuring his lineup. Wroten is better suited as a shooting guard but he serves well at the point.

Brown has been starting Hollis Thompson at small forward and having shooting guard James Anderson come off the bench as starting shooting guard Evan Turner’s back-up. Anderson and Wroten play the same position off the bench. Anderson is a better fit at shooting guard.

Wroten is a better playmaker though he’s a scorer. He averages 3.6 assists and .96 steals per game. Anderson averages less in areas in which normally a point guard excels. Anderson is also a pure shooter.

The move is also thought to help the Sixers secondary rotate the ball. It also gives the bench more scoring options.

Brown was sent to the Sixers’ D-League affiliate Delware 87ers as a way to give him playing time. The Sixers gave most of the minutes to Carter-Williams, who averages, an ample36.4 minutes per game. He averages 3.2 points and 1.8 assists in 10.9 minutes per game for 13 games.

He was brought in as insurance for Carter-Williams. Now the Sixers have one true point guard on their 14-man roster. Brown may be brought back at some point this season if either Carter-Williams or Wroten gets hurt or this experiment becomes a failure.

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