Early Thursday afternoon, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Sixers and the Memphis Grizzlies struck a deal. Philadelphia sent a top-50 protected future second round pick in return for second-year point guard Tony Wroten.
Wroten will likely step in right away and serve as Michael Carter-Williams’ back-up. During his rookie year in Memphis, he struggled mightily. Entering the league, critics’ biggest issue with Wroten was his jump shot. After one year in the association, he has done nothing to put those concerns to rest. Shooting just 38%, Wroten averaged 12.0 points, 5.7 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per 36 minutes.
It becomes more and more apparent that Sam Hinkie’s Sixers have no intention on competing this year and are solely focused on building for the future. Wroten’s potential is based on his great size at 6’5″, athleticism, and defensive ability. If you are thinking that Wroten sounds like a clone of Carter-Williams, well, you’re right. Both point guards struggle to shoot the basketball, but have great size and athleticism that allow them to be extremely competitive on the defensive side of the ball.
Expect Wroten to improve from a year ago in increased playing time. He will likely be featured in a lot of pick-and-roll sets with the reserves. His size also allows him to play off the ball next to Carter-Williams.
Regardless of how Wroten pans out, the Sixers managed to give up essentially nothing for him. Sam Hinkie continues to make low-risk-high-reward moves after the Royce White deal some time ago.