When the Philadelphia 76ers sent a future second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for point guard Tony Wroten, the vast majority of people keeping up with the NBA simply saw another move that the Sixers were making to further their tanking effort for the 2013-14 season.
However, Wroten didn’t come to Philly without a bit of intrigue and without some people (myself included) thinking that the second-year point guard deserved an opportunity to showcase his talents for some team this season. With the Sixers more than likely being a lowly team in the league this season, it appeared coming into the year that Wroten would get that chance in Philadelphia.
On Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, Wroten came off of the bench and played wonderfully. In 31 minutes on the floor, Wroten put up 21 points, three assists and four boards while shooting 6-13 from the floor and getting to the line 13 times, hitting eight of those attempts.
What makes Wroten an interesting player is the fact that he’s a big guy at the point guard position. The 6’6” Wroten can play both guard positions and has done so this season, but it’s always interesting to see him as the ball-handler. It allows him to get to the rim and finish among big bodies or at least get to the foul line.
While Wroten’s overall line this season—13.6 points, 3.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game on 42.3 percent shooting—isn’t stellar, he’s had multiple moments where he’s turned heads this year. Particularly when he’s filled in for rookie Michael Carter-Williams through a couple of injuries, Wroten has definitely taken advantage of this opportunity with the 76ers and has improved his stock going forward in this league. He’s still developing, but it’s clear at this point that he has a future in the NBA.