Feb 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten (8) looses his dribble as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Earl Clark (6) defends during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Cavaliers defeated the Sixers 114-85. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Can Tony Wroten win Most Improved Player Award?


Tony Wroten has been playing very well this season when compared to last season. Is it enough to be called the Most Improved Player of the year? Welp, let’s look at the stats.

Okay, so what if we looked at his current season stats and his last year’s stats? That’s a big “duh”, right? Sure it is! Let’s look at this table:

Season MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2012-13 7.8 0.9 2.5 .384 0.1 0.5 .250 0.8 2.0 .414 0.6 0.8 .724 0.4 0.4 0.8 1.2 0.2 0.1 0.8 1.0 2.6
2013-14 24.0 4.7 11.3 .415 0.7 2.9 .229 4.0 8.4 .478 2.8 4.5 .622 1.0 2.2 3.2 2.9 1.0 0.2 2.9 2.0 12.9
As you can see, he’s made some decent jumps this season. These are per game stats. Let’s look at some advanced stats because why not?
Season PER TS% eFG% FTr 3PAr ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg OWS DWS WS WS/48
2012-13 9.3 .461 .407 .337 .186 5.5 6.6 6.1 25.2 1.6 1.2 22.7 21.7 91 104 -0.2 0.3 0.1 .017
2013-14 12.4 .483 .444 .401 .253 4.3 10.2 7.2 20.4 2.0 0.7 17.8 28.3 90 111 -1.4 0.5 -0.9 -0.036
Alright, so, he’s improved in quite a few areas too. Wroten has taken the opportunity of more playing time to become an energy type player. He knows how to get to the rim. He’s not the best shooter. He’s actually not a good shooter. But hey, it’s only his second year in the league, and his first major role.
The question remains: Is he MIP material? At first glance, I’d say yes. But, the stats would say…maybe. Again, he’s made some key jumps this season. He’s doing things more efficient. Overall, he’s still below average in the league but that doesn’t determine how much you’ve improved. And, we’re not through with the season yet. With Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes gone, there will be need for scoring. Wroten can bring that. He might see his minutes increase. And, with more minutes, more chances to improve.
So, again, does he have a spot in the race? I think so. Will he win it? Probably not.
But hit the comment button. Does Wroten have a real shot at winning the MIP award?

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