Tony Wroten to Memphis Grizzlies: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
The point guard class isn't the 2012 NBA draft's strong suit, which gives Tony Wroten a bit of an advantage because he'll be compared to lesser players during his rookie season as he develops into an elite floor general.
Four missed free throws at the end of the Pac-12 Quarterfinals ended Wroten's freshman season at Washington, but you can bet that he's going to put that behind him now that he's in the NBA.
What Wroten Brings to the Team
Above all else, Wroten's size stands out when you first look at him or watch him play. With the skills to play either guard position, Wroten is in between 6'5" and 6'6", but he's huge, long and ridiculously athletic.
Playing aggressively with his constant drives to the basket, Wroten was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and wasn't too far off the title of Pac-12 Player of the Year, regardless of class.
While Wroten could stand to improve his right hand, he excels with the ball in his possession, especially when he lowers his shoulder and bull-rushes his way to the rim. He gets there often and finishes well, although he's even better at drawing contact and getting to the charity stripe.
Though the young guard was most effective when driving, he desperately needs to improve his shooting ability when he's not at the rim. Wroten shot only 58 percent from the free-throw line, which was significantly better (relatively of course) than his shooting percentage from downtown.
Fortunately, his superb passing skills allow him to not only make up for his lack of pure shooting ability, but also to line up at point guard and create a massive mismatch.
With his unique offensive skill set, size and defensive capabilities, Wroten brings a lot to the team.
What Experts are Saying
One thing I failed to focus on in the above part of the profile was Wroten's defensive game.
Fortunately, I have DraftExpress' Joe Treutlein to help me out here:
On the defensive end, Wroten has actually had a more consistently positive season, being an effective defender overall having fewer problems than on the offensive side of the ball. With his superior size, strength, length, and instincts, Wroten has spectacular potential on this end of the floor, and is a very effective man-to-man defender at the two-guard spot when he locks in. He's very prone to gambling, be it swiping at the ball in isolation situations or lunging into the passing lanes, but he has excellent anticipation and hands, which leads to a lot of disruptive plays for him, as well as plenty of steals and rebounds. He is prone to letting out of his stance and his urgency level can drop when things aren't going well for him, but overall he has good tools to guard the two-guard or combo-guard spot well in the pros, and could be an excellent defender if he truly commits himself.
Wroten is still only 19 years old and won't turn 20 until the end of his rookie season, so he has quite a bit of time to develop.
What is Wroten's ceiling at the next level?
That's a good thing because the young combo guard still has quite a bit of work to do on his game. Until he develops a consistent jump shot and stops gambling on defense, it's going to be hard for him to make a huge impact in the NBA.
Wroten's game at Washington was based on him doing his bull-rushing thing and drawing contact, but that's going to be difficult to do against bigger and quicker NBA defenders.
Expect him to come off the bench for the majority of his rookie season as he gains experience.
The Grizzlies, solid throughout their lineup, likely won't have O.J. Mayo back next season, and Wroten will help shore up the backcourt.
With Mike Conley at point guard, Memphis is in good shape there. But Wroten's size, versatility and defense could turn him into a steal at No. 25 in the draft.
What is the duplicate article?
Why is this article offensive?
Where is this article plagiarized from?
Why is this article poorly edited?