76ers Blog: Wroten Focused on More than Scoring
Posted 10/10/2013 4:08:00 PM

'I'm always going to guard the best player' - Tony Wroten

Less than 48 hours after returning from a European trip that covered portions of 7 days, the 76ers were back on the practice court.  The team conducted its first pre-season workout at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, site of the organization's practice facility.  By all accounts, it didn't seem like the coaching staff took the session lightly. 

Brett Brown kept the Sixers on the floor for roughly 2 hours, as they prepared for their third exhibition game, scheduled for tomorrow at the University of Delaware's Bob Carpenter Center against the Boston Celtics.  G Tony Wroten described the the practice as high-energy and physical; he also said it contained several scrimmage periods. 

Of the 11 active newcomers that the Sixers brought with them overseas, Wroten - acquired via trade from the Memphis Grizzlies - provided the most potent offensive effort.  He generated 36 points in the team's two games; during that span, he converted 8 of 21 field goal tries, while hitting 4 of 9 three-point field goal attempts.  Wroten, though, wasn't solely focused on point production. 

'It's not so much about scoring with me,' said Wroten.  'I'm always going to guard the best player on defense.  I get a good feeling stopping the best player, and scoring on the best player.'

Wroten came off the bench for the 76ers in both of their Global Games exhibitions.  He put up 16 points at Bilbao Basket, then dropped 20 points on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  He said he's not dwelling too much on what role he could ultimately settle into with his new team. 

'It's pre-season now, so that's what we're working on, finding out who does what.  At the end of the day, we're just trying to get better every day.'

One member of the Sixers' roster who - so far - has appeared to help Wroten towards that goal is SF Evan Turner.  The way Wroten put it, he and Turner have developed a dual-purpose relationship. In practice settings, Wroten said he seeks out match-ups with Turner, who Wroten considers a substantial defensive challenge.  However, in the two pre-season games the Sixers played, Wroten and Turner worked in tandem together to shoulder a bulk of their team's offensive scoring; they accounted for about 40% of the Sixers' total points versus Bilbao and OKC. 

'We have good offensive players,' Wroten said.  'Myself and Evan attacked the rim real well.  I feel we have a good chance of winning if we do that.'  

Wroten appeared in 35 games last season as a rookie for the Grizzlies.  Memphis originally took him with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Headlines:
- SF Royce White is on track to make his first appearance with the 76ers tomorrow night versus Boston; head coach Brett Brown said he intends to play last year's 16th overall NBA draft selection of the Houston Rockets.  White did not end up traveling with the team to either Spain or England this past week as a result of his well-documented anxiety over air travel.  A little more than two weeks ago, at the Sixers' media day event, White said he planned to be on the flight to Europe.  Ultimately, he decided not to go.   White said, 'We had a collective talk as an organization, and decided it was best for me to stay here.  It was bittersweet.  To be around teammates, there's good in that, but from the things I deal with from a mental health standpoint, there's bad with that.'  White appeared in 4 pre-season games with Houston last October; he totaled 7 points.  

- PG Michael Carter-Williams celebrated his 2nd birthday today.  To mark the occasion after practice, the Sixers gave him a gift basket, presented by the team's head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson. 

Headlines:
SF Royce White: On approach to appearing in first pre-season with 76ers this Friday, when the team takes on Boston Celtics

- G Tony Wroten: On expectations assigned to him by 76ers head coach Brett Brown

Posted By: Brian Seltzer  

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