Where Will He Land?
After one season putting together a highlight filled resume for the NBA GM’s, Tony Wroten Jr. is about to take the next step in his basketball career after he announced he was leaving the University of Washington Huskies.
Signing with Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group in early April, Wroten officially closed the door on returning to the Dawgs.
However, despite all the appearances on SportsCenter, there are many that feel Wroten has made a common freshman mistake and could use at least one more year of seasoning at the NCAA level before he becomes a small fish in the big pond that is the NBA.
Standing at 6’5″, 205lbs, Wroten has the ability to play both backcourt spots and while his shooting percentage from deep finished at an unimpressive 16%, it is his ability to slash through the trees and get to the basket that will be his ticket to a roster spot next season.
As a distributor, Wroten has brought many smiles to teammates faces with his ability to find the open man on the break or for a pinpoint lob.
Unfortunately, at the same time, those smiles were turned into frowns by Huskies coaching staff and fans with a high volume of turnovers, even for a freshman.
1) Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are in need of someone who can step up when Mike Conley Jr. needs a break. While he hasn’t had any issues to date, few believe that Gilbert Arenas is the long term solution coming off the bench.
With O.J. Mayo forever on the trade block and Tony Allen limited in his offensive role, a spot on the Grizz roster may be a good fit for Wroten.
2) Indiana Pacers
A team on the verge of becoming a constant contender in the East, the Pacers are one of the young up and coming teams, that despite the presence of Danny Granger, don’t really have a superstar influenced lineup.
Paul George is on the verge of becoming something special and Roy Hibbert was an All-Star this season, but Frank Vogel and Larry Bird have found a mix of players who are more interested in the name on the front of the jersey than on the back.
If Leonardo Barbosa and Darren Collison could be moved for a back up big man, Wroten would be the perfect fit to be the first guard off the bench.
3) Chicago Bulls
If the Bulls are able to select Wroten in this June’s draft, the front office will be elated as the recent injury to Derrick Rose would put them in need of securing a combo guard who can come in and play a role right away.
Yes C.J. Watson and John Lucas have given solid production as backup guards and the duo of Rip Hamilton and Ronnie Brewer team up to make a nice shooting guard, but the feeling is that Wroten would kick up either spot a notch.
Imagine a backcourt of Rose and Wroten starting the break!
4) Boston Celtics
If you can imagine Rose and Wroten, just think of what Rajon Rondo and Wroten would bring to the parquet floor. OK, the outside shooting would be comical but who needs the longball when you can get to the rack for two.
If Wroten could improve his “J” to a respectable percentage and nail the three on a more consistent basis, the Boston guards would give the opposition fits.
The flip side is that this duo would also drive Beantown faithful crazy, hoping that they would make an open jumper.
5) Atlanta Hawks
While Jeff Teague is finally coming into his own and Joe Johnson is still sitting on his $100+ million contract over the next four years, the chance to crack the Hawks starting lineup is minimal.
However, Atlanta has found success with former Seattle hybrid guards (Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford) so they may uncover another super sub with the addition of Wroten.
Teaming up with another Emerald City native, Marvin Williams, the Hawks would not have to worry too much about the young rookie fitting in.
Many envision Wroten will fall into the role of a player similar to that of Larry Hughes, Gilbert Arenas or Seattle grown Michael Dickerson.
If all goes as expected for Tony Wroten‘s NBA career, he will pull a little bit from each of the three comparisons and build a complete basketball resume.