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For those of you who somehow don’t know, the Grizzlies selected Washington guard Tony Wroten Jr. with the 25th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. Although the pick will surely be analyzed over and over (with many of these on this very blog), this post is meant to cover Wroten’s welcome to Memphis.

Today’s press conference was the first time Chris Wallace publicly welcomed Wroten to team, and Wroten’s first contact with the Memphis media went off without a hitch.

Wroten was extremely complimentary of Coach Hollins, Chris Wallace, his new teammates, and the Grizzlies ownership. The press conference was typical and revealed two things that had not yet been covered:

1. Chris Wallace revealed how he hopes Wroten will fit into the team. He wants to use Wroten as a 1 or 2 guard on both the defensive and offensive end. As predicted, he desires someone who can defend Western Conference heavyweights like Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Tony Parker. Because of Wroten’s size, he may also be asked to defend Small Forwards.
2. Wroten wants to be in Memphis. He made a call to Wallace begging for the Grizz to draft him. Although I’m not yet a true fan of Wroten and think he has some proving to do, I like the fact that he wants to be here. If Wroten works hard and joins the Memphis community, he can become a player comparable to Rajon Rondo; liking where he is playing is the first step towards this.

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7 Responses to The Tony Wroten Jr. Press Conference

  1. O.J.'s momNo Gravatar says:

    Welcome to the Grizzlies Tony!!

  2. JoelNo Gravatar says:

    If Tony works hard, I thing he might be alright. Being 6’6″ is not something you can teach, so he needs to get to work on his D, and get extra shots up when ever he can during Practice. if he wants to be here, it means He is going to be willing to work, so I hope he works out, and can axtually help us out

  3. presidentjoeNo Gravatar says:

    From what I’ve seen he has great instincts as a bball player and natural talent with the physical traits to make it. Like Rondo coming in he isn’t a great shooter but that is a skill that can be learned. On a related note oj is now an unrestricted FA. Does this mean he can walk without the team getting back anything in return? Not sure why they would let this happen when they have so much needs to fill and he was their best trade asset.

    • Red ColemanNo Gravatar says:

      The team is in a money crunch. That’s why they didn’t offer the QO to O.J. with the possibility of engaging in a sign-and-trade happening. They simply aren’t far enough under the cap to re-sign either Darrell Arthur or Marreese Speights (or potentially both), and take on the salary that O.J. will command — either by keeping him or trading him and taking near-equal salary in return. While it sucks to lose such a valuable player for nothing, it is better than making a bad decision that can have serious repercussions regarding the salary cap.

  4. presidentjoeNo Gravatar says:

    After thinking about this it makes perfect sense. Oj isn’t worth the qualifying offer of 7.4 million neither to the grizz or another team. This way they could do a sign and trade for an amount more suited to his real market value. I would have liked to see them do a trade with Houston for Jeremy lamb and dragic.

  5. AndyNo Gravatar says:

    OJ will easily command the worth of his QO on the open market. In a summer when the Rockets have cap space, any free agent has a shot at being overpaid. Just watch.

    • ReginaldNo Gravatar says:

      OJ may get the $7.4 mil but would you want to pay him that much? I like OJ but he’s an undersized shooting guard that isn’t great at handling the rock. His goal should be “Jason Terry”.

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