Tony Wroten is officially a 76er.
The NBA approved the franchise’s acquisition of the 6-foot-6 guard from the Memphis Grizzlies for a protected second-round pick on Thursday.
The pick is based on where the Sixers, who are expected to struggle, finish in the NBA standings. As a result, they basically surrendered nothing for the 2012 first-round selection.
“He’s a young player that's athletic that plays well in the open floor that has an attacking mindset,” Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie said. “We hope to put him into the kind of culture that we are going to try to build here.”
The Sixers are positioning themselves for lottery picks in the upcoming 2014 draft. However, the team expects to implement a hardworking culture where players improve daily.
Players also "will be given an opportunity to show what kind of player you are," Hinkie said. “I think it is a good place for a highly-touted, athletic, big 20-year-old [in Wroten] to be.”
Wroten, whose cousin is Nate Robinson of the Denver Nuggets, averaged just 2.6 points and 1.2 assists in 7.7 minutes last season while playing in 35 games. He also appeared in 11 games with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.
Wroten scored a career-high 11 points as a Grizzly in a victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 25. He also finished with four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes during that game.
The Grizzlies took him with the 25th overall pick after he averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in his lone season at the University of Washington. The Renton, Wash., native was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year and earned all-conference honors