Memphis Grizzlies Reportedly Trade Tony Wroten to Philadelphia 76ers for Pick
Tony Wroten is reportedly on the move after a rough rookie season that reaffirmed all suspicions about his jumper being completely broken.
Memphis has traded guard Tony Wroten to the 76ers for a future second round pick, league source tells Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 22, 2013
ESPN's Chris Vernon has even more details on the swap:
The Wroten deal is - Wroten to Philly for 2014 2nd Rd pick (Top 50 protected) ... they traded him for nothing aka (flexibility)— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) August 22, 2013
Apparently the Sixers have a thing for promising athletic guards who can't hit from the outside with any sort of consistency. First they drafted Michael Carter-Williams, now this.
But all kidding aside, it's a great move for both teams.
On the Sixers, Wroten will have the ability to serve as the primary backup point guard, learning on the job for a team with absolutely no expectations. He'll gain valuable experience, and the Sixers will get to see just how promising he actually is. And the cost wasn't very high for them at all.
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Memphis, on the other hand, had no real need for Wroten.
The team needs scoring more than anything else, and Wroten's athleticism and defensive potential didn't do much for their immediate hopes of contending. He can easily be replaced by a lineup of guards that includes Jerryd Bayless, Josh Akognon and Nick Calathes.
Essentially, this was the often-sought-after trade that's mutually beneficial. From the Grizzlies' perspective, nothing was traded for a little something (maybe). And from the Sixers' view, a little something (maybe) was traded for a shot at something more.
Wroten's first season in the NBA was awful.
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He averaged only 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 38.4 percent from the field. His PER was 9.3, well below the league average of 15.
But, there were still encouraging signs. For example, Synergy Sports (subscription required) shows that Wroten scored 0.87 points per possession as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, good for 30th in the NBA.
Something tells me he'll be running a lot of PnR for the Sixers.
There's no telling just how good Wroten will become (I was higher on him than most when he was leaving Washington), but one thing is certain: He'll be better in 2013-14 than he was in 2012-13. He almost has to be.
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