NBA Draft 2012: Tony Wroten Is Best Player No One Is Talking About

Nick HoffmanContributor IIIApril 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies drives to the basket against Derrick Wilson #33 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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In the NBA, the best teams in leagues don’t rebuild, they reload. Teams that reload can find talent at any level. Tony Wroten is the kind of player that the best teams know about.

Tony Wroten is a player that could be a late first round pick or an early second round steal. Wroten has the potential to be a legit NBA point guard. Wroten stands at 6’5” and is around 200 pounds. Let’s break down his measurable’s real quick against a couple of the best point guards in the NBA.

At 6’5” Wroten will be taller than both Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, two of the most explosive players in the NBA. There are a couple ways to slow these two guys down and one is length. Making Rose and Westbrook drive around a guy that is longer than them and making them shoot over a player taller than them is a must.

Both Rose and Westbrook weigh in between 180 and 190 pounds. Wroten weighs around 200 pounds so that tells me he will be able to handle Rose and Westbrook’s physical play.

Wroten is extremely athletic which is a must for NBA point guards. Wroten is not only bigger than the average point guard in the NBA, he has the same kind of leaping ability.

Wroten does lack in the quickness department but that can be covered up by his size.

During the Huskies season Wroten averaged over 16 points, five boards and just over three assists a game. When you look at his stat sheet, you see he can do a little bit of everything.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 08:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies shoots a free throw in the second half while taking on the Oregon State Beavers during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Pacific Life Pac-12 basketball tournament at Staples Center on Marc
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The one area when Wroten really stands out is passing. If you watched any of his games you would have seen a point guard that can put a pass anywhere on the court and hit his guy in stride.

There are a couple of areas that Wroten could improve on. Part of his stat line includes over three turnovers a game. Three turnovers a game is a little alarming when you think about point guards in the NBA. With Wroten only being 18 years old, he will cut the turnovers down with time.

Another area that he must improve on is his free throw percentage. As a point guard you are going to have the ball in your hands when the game is on the line. Shooting 58 percent from the free throw line is unacceptable.

Wroten not only struggles from the line, he struggles with his jump shot from time to time. He shoots 44 percent from the field which is not horrible but there is room for improvement. The big area where he needs to improve is his three point shooting. During his one year at Washington he shot 16 percent from three.

There is a lot to like about Wroten going to the next level. You cannot teach someone to be 6’5” but you can teach them to play with control and improve their jumper.

Wroten has the talent to be a legit NBA point guard. Patience is going to be a must with Wroten, so he needs to go to a team with an established coach. Wroten could fall to a team like the Spurs, which would be mutually beneficial for both parties.