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
Local

Gunther from 'Friends' talks Central Perk

We spoke with Gunther (James Michael Tyler) at the preview for new pop-up Central Perk, based on the cafe in "Friends."

Local

Central Perk opens in SoHo

Central Perk, of "Friends" fame, is giving out free coffee in SoHo through Oct. 18.

National

Beer sponsor Anheuser-Busch reproaches NFL over domestic abuse

Anheuser-Busch chastised the NFL for its handling of domestic violence cases, making it the first major advertiser to put pressure on the league.

Local

Sen. Krueger dishes on prospect of legal marijuana…

New Yorkers may see the legalization of recreational marijuana use as early as 2015 if State Senator Liz Krueger (D) gets her way. The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act will…

Music

FREEMAN makes Freeman a free man from Ween

For nearly 30 years, Aaron Freeman was known endearingly to his listeners as Gene Ween. But with "FREEMAN," he makes it clear that he's gone somewhere else.

Television

'Outlander' recap: Season 1, Episode 6: 'The Garrison…

Whipping, punching, kicking and a marriage contract. "Outlander" is not for the faint of heart this week with "The Garrison Commander."

The Word

The Word: Hey girl, it's a girl for…

It's a girl for Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes, who reportedly welcomed a daughter last Friday, according to Us Weekly. The super-private couple managed to…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 16: 'New Girl,'…

Check out the season premiere of "New Girl," as Jess competes with Jessica Biel for a guy's attentions.

MLB

5 top contenders for NL Rookie of the…

The outing rekindled award talk for deGrom, who appears to hold the top spot for NL Rookie of the Year honors. Metro breaks down a few other contenders.

College

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

College football Top 25 poll (AP rankings)

NFL

Tom Coughlin says Giants 'beat themselves' against Cardinals

Head coach Tom Coughlin, who had a day to cool off and reflect, still sounded like he had a gnawing feeling in his gut.

NFL

Marty Mornhinweg accepts blame for Jets timeout fiasco

Jets fans looking for a scapegoat for Sunday’s timeout fiasco found a willing party on Monday: Marty Mornhinweg.

Style

Rachel Zoe: New York Fashion Week Spring 15

Rachel Zoe goes 'Glam bohemia' for Spring.

Food

Where to find SweeTango apples

Introduced in 2009, SweeTango — a hybrid of Honeycrisp and Zestar — is a sweet apple with plenty of crunch.

Style

London Fashion Week recap

London Fashion week gets in on the action with politics, heritage and summertime living.

Food

Padma Lakshmi's recipe for green mango curry

Padma Lakshmi shares her recipe for green mango curry in UNICEF's new book, "UNICHEF."