Wroten sees opportunity with Sixers

Tony Wroten, Sixers point guard
Point guard Tony Wroten is impressing early in Sixers camp and challenging for starting point guard spot.

 

For a rebuilding team like the Sixers, sometimes it takes a simple change in mindset to turn things around.

That’s why new GM Sam Hinkie and Co. have decided to bring in certain players, ones who have been around winning, like point guard Tony Wroten.

Wroten averaged 2.6 points and 1.2 assists last season for the Memphis Grizzlies, who lost in the Western Conference finals to the San Antonio Spurs. He was part of a crowded Memphis backcourt featuring Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Jerryd Bayless.

related tag=tony wrotenrelated tag=sixersrelated tag=76ers

“Obviously, you want to play and I see that opportunity here in Philly,” said Wroten. “I had great vets last season which helped me grow like Tony Allen, Zach Randolph and Mike Conley. Being around a winning team, I can teach these guys so much because I know what it takes to get to that level.”

The Sixers are expected to have a rough season. Critics project them to finish as one of the five worst teams in the league. Point guards are the quarterbacks of the NBA, so a good one can lead a losing franchise out of the darkness.

Most expect first-rounder Michael Carter-Williams to firmly hold that position, but don’t sleep on Wroten.

“Everybody wants the chance to start,” said Wroten. “I’ve known Mike since high school and we’re both 6-foot-6. Training camp is going to be a fun competition between us. I loved my opportunity in Memphis, but coming here I have the opportunity to play a lot of minutes.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

Sierra Leone Ebola patient, recovered from family, dies…

An Ebola patient whose family sparked a nationwide hunt when they forcefully removed her from a treatment center and took her to a traditional healer has died.

Local

VIDEO: Cop reassigned as NYPD investigates alleged head…

An officer alleged to have stomped on a Brooklyn man's head last week had his gun taken away and placed on modified duty.

National

New York Times calls for legalization of pot

The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea.

National

Two injured after cable snaps on Ohio amusement…

(Reuters) - A cable on a large swing ride at an Ohio amusement park snapped and struck two riders as the swing was in motion,…

Music

Newport Folk Festival: Photo gallery of 35 moments…

As has been the tradition since Bob Dylan plugged in a bajillion years ago, the Newport Folk Festival embraces more musical genres than its name implies.

Music

MKTO: Behind the bromance

MKTO's Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller talk about the American Dream tour, Demi Lovato and getting turned down by girls.

Arts

James Earl Jones and Rose Byrne head to…

Two-time Tony winner James Earl Jones returns to the New York stage next month as an eccentric grandfather in a revival of the 1930s comedy…

Movies

Box office: Scarlett Johansson wins battle of brains…

Scarlett Johansson's "Lucy" handily dispatched with Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules" over the weekend.

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

MLB

Yankees GM Brian Cashman breaks down art of…

The action frequently accelerates as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches, as it will on Thursday.

Auto racing

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Jeff Gordon captures fifth title at Brickyard 400

Wellbeing

This Week In Health: Friends share similar DNA,…

Friends share similar DNA, study finds Location: U.S. Study subjects: Nearly 2,000 people Results: When it comes to our social networks, it seems that birds of…

Education

Are liberal arts colleges turning away from the…

Bryn Mawr College, a small women's college located just outside of Philadelphia, announced last week that it would be making standardized tests like the SAT…

Education

Recent grads discover school superintendent plagiarized parts of…

  Two recent high school graduates made a surprising discovery about the commencement speech their school superintendent delivered at their graduation: portions of it was copied…

Career

Feeling stuck? Get out of the entry-level job…

Television and movies may be littered with 20-something characters who seem directionless when it comes to their careers, but author Mary Traina says she finds…