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.
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.'