Friday, August 23, 2013
What Wroten adds to Philly
By Joe Kaiser
Philadelphia could very well be the worst team in the NBA next season, and therefore is a team that can afford to go after low-risk, high-reward players. That is exactly what they did on Thursday when they gave up a future second-rounder to acquire 6-foot-6 point guard Tony Wroten from Memphis.
Wroten, 20, was selected No. 25 overall in 2012 and is entering what could be a make-or-break type of season already in 2013-14. He is due to earn $1.16 million but is guaranteed nothing beyond that, with the team holding options on him each of the following two seasons.
The question with Wroten is simple: Will the light ever go on? In terms of playmaking and athleticism, few around the league can match what Wroten brings to the table and at his size he and rookie Michael Carter-Williams give the 76ers two young jumbo point men. Wroten projects to be the primary backup to MCW and the two should both get plenty of opportunity to show what they can do.
If Wroten can tone it down and limit his turnovers, focus on doing the things he's good at like penetrating the lane, and become even average as a shooter, this deal could end up being a steal for the 76ers. On the flip side, if Wroten continues to be one of the very worst shooters in the game and is careless with the ball, it'll be two disappointing seasons in a row for the Seattle product.
Here's more from ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton, who writes why it was a good trade for the 76ers.
Kevin PeltonPhilly gets an 'A' by landing Wroten
"For all of Wroten's warts, he was a first-round pick a year ago and is still just 20. If that kind of long-term development project didn't make sense for the contending Grizzlies, it's perfect for the rebuilding 76ers. With only lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams at point guard, Philadelphia can give Wroten the kind of meaningful minutes that weren't available in Memphis. He won't cost more than $2 million until 2015-16, the final year of his rookie contract, so there's virtually no cost to the Sixers, who are still more than $8 million below the cap floor and had just 10 players signed to guaranteed contracts. And, if Wroten struggles in the near term ... well, that isn't the worst thing for a team that clearly has its eyes on the 2014 lottery."