Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/22/13 7:07 pm EST

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For years, the 76ers have been lacking direction.  Ever since that fateful night in December 2006 when Billy King gave Allen Iverson a subtle athletic butt-slap on his way out the door to Denver, the Sixers have been wandering through the desert searching for the Promised Land without a leader and an organized forward movement.

Enter Sam Hinkie, kick out Jrue Holiday, clear the front office and coaching staff and introduce Brett Brown.  There’s suddenly a movement in the Wells Fargo Center and the Shipyard offices that is constructively building towards a championship future.  And, today’s addition of Tony Wroten, Jr. is just another example of the identity this organization has now assumed.


They gave up nothing for a 6-6, 20-year-old, former first round pick.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  They gave up a Top-50 protected second round pick.  Meaning, if the Sixers aren’t one of the 10 best teams in the League next season — SPOILER: they won’t be — they get Wroten for free.  Hinkied!!

This organization now screams, “player development.”  It’s not just Sam Hinkie.  It’s Brown’s experience working with the Spurs and the team’s recent track record of acquiring young, talented, lengthy, and athletic players who have potential to turn into polished contributing pieces.  Wroten is just the latest move and it comes as a bit of a monkey wrench, which we’ll explain in a moment.


The Sixers have basically become the Houston Spurs. Hinkied.

While many members of the media and fans simply expected the Sixers to bring in a veteran point guard like Quincy Douby or Chris Duhon on a one-year contract to backup and “mentor” Michael Carter-Williams, Hinkie decided to go with the Chip Kelly route.   He’s now introduced the element of competition into what is going to be a tumultuous rookie season for the No. 11 pick in this year’s Draft.  Instead of just assuming the role of starting point guard, MCW will now essentially be competing with Wroten, another 6-6 point guard, everyday in practice.  Don’t be fooled, MCW will be this team’s starter, but implementing a competitive atmosphere and dash of fear into PCOM will help get the most out of the team’s young players.  It’s likely the same reason why they’re keeping Kwame Brown under contract, to create a level of competition in training camp among the team’s crop of unproven big men.  You know, that group that includes Spencer Hawes, Arnett Moultrie, Lavoy Allen, Tim Ohlbrecht and Royce White.


Hopefully in Philly, Wroten, along with the rest of the Sixers, will only move in one direction: forward.  And of course, they’ll be heading down that path via the Hinkie way.


Jake Fischer is a scribe for Philadunkia.  You can follow him on Twitter @JakeLFischer

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  1. Rob h
    22. August 2013 at 21:17

    No risk involved here if wroten stinks he’s gone in a year if he improves ausome. I think we should have jumped on the Thomas Robinson trade when Houston was trying to dump him but no biggie. These high upside guys hinkie is bringing in probably won’t pan out but he only needs one to and with white mcw and now wroten maybe we get lucky. Either way we get another young guy and closer to the cap floor. The trade deadline is where I expect hinkie to get 1-2 more of these type of guys. I’d consider nabbing jimmer if it costs as little as wroten and white.

  2. Steven Toll
    22. August 2013 at 21:37

    If MCW starts over Wroten, my head will explode.

  3. George
    22. August 2013 at 23:47

    Just out of curiosity, why would MCW start over Wroten? I definately think neither has a jumper, but Wroten was a bit better ball handler. I know MCW had better assist numbers in college, but that summer league was tough to watch with him running point. Either way, I like the size we have at guard and if Young plays the 3 at forward. The center position is of concern, but all in all I like the direction of our roster. I just hope we can find Jason Kidd’s shooting coach because other than Richardson we don’t have any shooters.

  4. Ransom Cozzillio
    23. August 2013 at 07:44

    Steve, ok, I’ll bite; why will your head explode?

    Obviously there are cases to be made (which i agree with) that Wroten has a higher ceiling and could wind up being a better value on cost.

    You can want Wroten to start, but you can’t be surprised that the 11th pick is favored to start over a 25th pick (with no real body of work).

  5. Oscar
    23. August 2013 at 12:56

    MCW definitely should/will start this year. He’s a major piece of the puzzle going forward, so why let him come off the bench? Propel his progression, start him, and optimize this pressure free season in order to tap into his potential.

  6. Ransom Cozzillio
    23. August 2013 at 13:06

    Oscar, why is Wroten less of a puzzle piece?

  7. Steven Toll
    23. August 2013 at 21:03



    MCW is 18 months older than Tony Wroten as we sit here today. The above numbers both their lone season playing major minutes and at the draft combine, MCW is actually 2 and 1/2 years older than Wroten.

    No person could possibly argue that MCW has a higher upside than Wroten and with Brett Brown’s supposed skill at player development, Wroten is the guy.

  8. Jon in LA
    24. August 2013 at 14:01

    CLASSIC STEVE TOLL!!! God I’ve missed you.

    Wroten shoots 16% from 3, and 58% from the line and “No person could possible argue that MCW has a higher upside than Wroten…” And all this is because of you magical stat machine right? The one that’s basically regular stats on a per age curve, right?

    Have you even looked at their shots? Wroten’s form is horrible while MCW looks ok, but his release point is inconsistent. Wroten needs to start from scratch, MCW needs adjustment and consistency. I like Wroten, and it’s a great pick up, but MCW should start and only a Steve Toll would make a claim that “No person could argue” against that.

  9. Ransom Cozzillio
    26. August 2013 at 11:24

    Steve, I agree with all your points about why Wroten is the better prospect. But the argument that can be made about why MCW starting is obviously what’s going to happen(proof that at least argument WAS made in his favor) is that of perception.

    MCW, as the higher pick and paid player, has the cache that “makes sense to start”. He played for longer in a more prestigious and better college environment. I know in real life that doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but perception. The Sixers are gonna suck, but they are playing to fans even this season.

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