Tony Wroten was one of the pleasant surprises in an otherwise tumultuous 2013-14 campaign for the Sixers. Wroten averaged 13 points, 3.2 rebounds and three assists in 24.5 minutes a game and was relied upon heavily for offensive production off the bench.
He’s playing the role of Michael Carter-Williams’ fill-in at point guard during training camp and preseason, as he recovers from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
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“It’s not a good thing that Mike’s out because you definitely don’t want anybody hurt, but with Mike out I’ll do my best to lead the team and continue to move forward from there,” said Wroten. “I’ve been working on my leadership, shooting, passing and really just trying to be a perfectionist. I’m looking forward to the season.”
Wroten started 12 games last season in place of an injured Carter-Williams. He also started on four occasions at shooting guard, a spot which is still being evaluated by the team at training camp. With 25 games last season of 18 or more points, Wroten could add a much needed lift to this team offensively if given the starting nod.
“I’d definitely slide to the two,” said Wroten. “Me and Mike together would be great. … With me and Mike being so tall, we are probably the biggest backcourt in the league. So whoever gets the rebound can bring it, and defensive-wise as well. So I feel like it will be a great, great idea.”
Before being named a starter, Wroten must improve upon his shot selection and controlling the ball in order to gain the confidence of Brett Brown and the coaching staff. He shot just 42.7 percent from the field and his 2.8 turnovers per game were second-worst on the team to Carter-Williams’ 3.5, but in 10 less minutes a game.
His goal however is to turn this franchise into a winner again and he wants to be one of the people who were along for the ride in the process.
“It was tough in the beginning [losing], but with Philadelphia I’m more patient than ever because it’s a city I love,” said Wroten. “As much as we lose, when things turn around the Wells Fargo Center is going to be insane and I can’t wait. I want to be one of those people that turned things from bad to good here.”