I know I am stating the obvious but Tony Wroten is likely to be recalled from Reno due to the injury to Quincy Pondexter Saturday night.
That brings at least a temporary close to the Grizzlies D-League activity barring a signing to fill the roster spot. The backup SF position is he one area the Grizzlies really don’t have a fill in for so maybe a roster move isn’t out of the question but that type of decision won’t be made prior to the MRI on Quincy Monday at the Campbell Clinic.
In the meantime let’s take a look at what Wroten has done in Reno.
Tony has averaged 13.6 PPG in 8 games at Reno, two of those games were starts. He’s averaged 13.6 PPG, 3.8 APG and shot 41.1% from the floor (36.8% from the arc). While his shooting percentages aren’t exactly where you want them to be overall his play has been more than adequate for a 19-year-old in his first pro season. More than adequate if you consider the way he has been bounced up and down between Memphis and Reno.
There have been a few dark spots as well. Tony shot just 49% from the free throw line in Reno. He also committed 2.4 TOPG in just over 24 minutes a night.
Tony played only two games since being sent down for the 2nd time to Reno, both games against the Idaho Stampede who are 2-14 on the season. The first game was Tony’s best as he went 7-11 from the floor, dished out 6 assists, grabbed 3 rebounds and finished with 15 points. In game 2 he went 5-11, dished out 4 assists and grabbed only 1 rebound in a disappointing loss. Overall Wroten shot 11-22 from the field with 10 assists and 7 rebounds.
He was also 5-12 from the charity stripe and 0-3 from the arc in those games.
For Wroten to be a legitimate attacking PG in the NBA he is going to have to improve his shot-making, especially from the Free Throw line and his decision-making. Shooting is the easiest thing to fix in the NBA. It’s harder to teach intelligence and effort. Someone can become a better shooter simply by practice. Wroten has the intelligence and gives the effort.
Memphis fans hope that is true because Wroten has the size and drive to be an excellent PG in the future.