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.