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Wroten provides some backcourt competition for Michael Carter-Williams

Some may see the Sixers’ recent addition of Tony Wroten and think to themselves, “great, another point guard that can’t shoot.”

Wroten provides some backcourt competition for Michael Carter-Williams

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Memphis Grizzlies´ Tony Wroten (1) moves the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Wroten (1) moves the ball against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Some may see the Sixers’ recent addition of Tony Wroten and think to themselves, “great, another point guard that can’t shoot.”

Yes, Wroten is a point guard, and no he doesn’t shoot very well (46.1% TSP last season), but his acquisition means more than that for the franchise.

Wroten will provide a challenge for rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams in the form of competition. His addition also furthers the Sixers’ commitment to player development.

Instead of going out and adding an aged veteran to tutor MC-W as he adapts to the NBA game, the team opted for a player that is even younger than the 21-year old Williams, and one that also needs a lot of work but has a high ceiling. The two can now develop together.

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While at this point he struggles to shoot consistently well, Wroten has a lot of other characteristics that are promising for a point guard. He is athletic and aggressive, and is a solid rebounder from the guard spot. He also has a lot of potential as a defensive player.

At 6’6’’ Wroten is very similar in size to Carter-Williams and will push him in practice. Both players will benefit from going head-to-head on a daily basis, and in a throwaway season, expect them both to see some major minutes.

Wroten’s addition may not necessarily effect Carter-Williams’ perceived starter status, but his acquisition does further demonstrates the Sixers’ dedication to development. Rather than pay a veteran to come in and babysit for a season, Hinkie saw an opportunity to build a deeper team from the foundation up.  If he continues to improve throughout the season, Wroten may develop into a piece of the puzzle (backup point guard maybe) for the franchise going forward, or at least into a tradable asset*.

The Sixers youth movement is in full swing, with Wroten representing the latest underage addition. With him he brings some backcourt competition for Carter-Williams and a clear commitment from the franchise to player development.

*With Hinkie at the helm, it seems wise to begin to get used to players being viewed, and labeled as 'assets.'

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