Had to dig deep to find ample footage on Tony Wroten. Washington wasn’t even good enough to get in the big tourney, which you’d think would give Wroten a chance to shine in the NIT. Not so much. In fact, his NIT experience highlighted his strengths and glaring weaknesses dramatically. So dramatically, that he could be available at the end of the 1st round in the 2012 NBA Draft. For a guy with his physical stature, athleticism, and passing abilities, that’s pretty unusual.
|Careful ladies, Tony Wroten is a screamer.|
If you’ve seen him play at all, his weaknesses are just all too obvious. Wroten’s lack of a jump shot of any sort really limits his potential right now. His form and release seem awkward, and aren’t very consistent. At least he is smart and aware enough not to try many jumpshots. Despite his quickness and strength, does not seem to have a great, explosive leap. He’ll likely have trouble with quality shot blockers in the NBA, as he likes to glide to the rim from several feet out. If you can neutralize his penetration, he’s almost completely harmless offensively. He’s not a NBA PG, he’s a SG that can drive and create at times. Tends to get caught in the air a lot, usually resulting in turnovers or broken plays. Defensively, can succumb to laziness, and tends to make exaggerated swipes when reaching-in, an easy foul call in the NBA. Poor FT shooter for a guy who gets there as much as Wroten does. He’s very much a rhythm player, which can work for or against a team.
Overall, you have a guy who’s getting a stock boost because pundits are trying to pass him off as a part time PG because he doesn’t have the scoring chops a legitimate SG would have. He has solid intangibles, but his overstated athleticism and size doesn’t really apply if he’s playing at SG. Could carve out a career as a successful 2nd-string guard, or potentially a defensive stopper/starting SG type. But until that jumper is fixed, he’s extremely limited as a player. Projects to be a 10-15 minute change of pace guard. Bump that to 15-20 minutes if he’s playing on a team that loves to use the fast break.
Eternal Optimist sees: Tyreke Evans
Negative Nancy sees: Reece GainesWhat I see: Poor man’s Evan Turner
Likely draft position: mid 20's to mid 30's