NBA Draft 2012: Why Tony Wroten Jr. Can Be Poor Man's Tyreke Evans for Grizzlies

Jay Wierenga@@JayWierengaCorrespondent IJune 29, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 27: Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies controls the ball in the first half during the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA NIT Men's Basketball Championship against the Minnesota Golden Golphers at Madison Square Garden on March 27, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
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The Memphis Grizzlies were in a unique position in this year's draft. They are a team on the rise with a lot of very good, young pieces and very few holes on the roster.

While most teams typically have holes on their front line, the Grizz are uniquely set up with their bigs.

They also have a stud small forward, a rising point guard and plenty of depth on their bench. However, given O.J. Mayo's current contract status, they may need some depth in their back court.

Additionally, the Grizzlies are looking for an additional ball-handler.

How Wroten Fits

Tony Wroten is kind of like a bigger version of Rajon Rondo.

He has good court vision, can penetrate and loves to dish the rock. Like Rondo, his biggest issue is his jump shot. In fact, he has none.

He is an athletic, big point guard that could be an ideal fit as a super-sub.

No better choice

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At 25, the draft is breaking into two select divisions.

On one hand are players who are not ideally suited to most team's designs. They have talent, but they have slipped for a myriad of reasons.

Either they are an undersized power forward who may have issues at the next level, or they are a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body.

Wroten is ideal in that he is a point guard trapped in a shooting guard's body. He will be able to get to the hoop given his athleticism, but he will be able to defend either guard position.

He can't shoot lights out, but would you rather have an undersized guard who can shoot or a big point guard that can't?

Wroten, like Tyreke Evans, is big, athletic and can get to the hoop.

And while Sacramento has decided that the better part of valor is letting a talented guard rot in the front court, the Grizzlies have the patience to let Wroten find his niche.

Had Evans gone to a contender, he likely would be a much better player.

Luckily for Wroten, he has that option.


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