Tony Wroten Jr. (born April 13, 1993)[2] is an American professional basketball player for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. He played college basketball for the Washington Huskies, where he was a first-team all-conference selection in the Pac-12 before being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft.

 

 

High school career

As a freshman at Garfield High School, Wroten averaged 20.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. He was named to the 2009 All-Washington State Class 4A first team, becoming the first ever freshman to be named to the first team. In his sophomore season, Wroten averaged 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game. Wroten was forced to sit out his junior season after an ACL injury in a football game.[4] During his senior season, Wroten averaged 25.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.[6] He was invited to the 2011 Jordan Brand classic game.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wroten was listed as the No. 3 point guard and the No. 14 player in the nation in 2011.[7]

College career

In his freshman season at Washington, Wroten averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. This was good enough for him to be named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and to be named to the All-Pac-12 first team. He was the first ever freshman from Washington to be named to the All-Pac-12 Team.[4] On April 3, 2012 Wroten decided to enter his name in the 2012 NBA Draft,[9] alongside teammate Terrence Ross.[11]

College statistics

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2011–12Washington353530.3.443.161.5835.03.71.9.416.0

Professional career

Memphis Grizzlies (2012–2013)

Wroten was selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 25th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. During his rookie season, he had multiple assignments with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.[10]

Philadelphia 76ers (2013–2015)

On August 22, 2013, the Grizzlies traded Wroten to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a future second round pick and a trade exception.[15] On November 13, 2013, in his first career start, he recorded his first triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 123–117 overtime win over the Houston Rockets. The milestone marked the first time in NBA history that a player produced a triple-double in their first career start.[74] On March 8, 2014, Wroten scored a then career-high 30 points in a loss to the Utah Jazz.[2]

On November 7, 2014, Wroten scored a career-high 31 points in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.[2] On January 23, 2015, he was ruled out for the rest of the 2014–15 season after undergoing surgery on a partially torn ACL in his right knee.[2] He was averaging career-highs in points (16.9), assists (5.2) and steals (1.6) prior to the injury.

On November 11, 2015, Wroten was assigned to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League, sent there to practice as part of his return to play protocol.[2] He was recalled by the 76ers on December 4, using the month-long stint to rehabilitate his ACL tear. He did not appear in a game for Delaware.[2] The following day, he returned to action for the 76ers, playing in his first game for the team since injuring his right knee on January 13. He had four points in 13 minutes against the Denver Nuggets.[2] On December 24, 2015, Wroten was waived by the 76ers.[2]

New York Knicks / Return to Memphis (2016)

On March 16, 2016, Wroten signed with the New York Knicks.[2] On June 22, 2016, he was waived by the Knicks; he did not play a single game for the team during his tenure.[2]

On June 27, 2016, Wroten was claimed off waivers by the Memphis Grizzlies.[2] He was later waived by the Grizzlies on July 12,[29] re-signed on August 8,[30] and waived again on October 7.[42]

Texas Legends (2016–2017)

On December 1, 2016, Wroten was acquired by the Texas Legends.[43] That night, he made his debut for the Legends in a 121–106 win over the Greensboro Swarm, recording 11 points, one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes off the bench.[44] He was later waived by the Legends on January 28, 2017.[45]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13Memphis3507.8.384.250.724.81.2.2.12.6
2013–14Philadelphia721624.5.427.213.6413.23.01.1.213.0
2014–15Philadelphia301529.8.403.261.6672.95.21.6.316.9
2015–16Philadelphia8318.0.338.176.5412.62.5.4.08.4
Career1453421.2.413.231.6472.53.0.9.211.1

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013Memphis602.8.182.0001.000.7.3.2.01.3
Career602.8.182.0001.000.7.3.2.01.3

Personal life

Wroten's father, Tony Sr., played football at the University of Washington and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His mother, Shirley, ran track at Washington and at Arizona State University. Shirley still ranks top ten all time for Washington in the 100 meter dash, 100 meter hurdles, and 4 × 100 metres relay. Tony's aunt, Joyce Walker, was a two-time All-American basketball player at Louisiana State University. She was also the third woman to ever play on the Harlem Globetrotters. Tony is also the cousin of former Denver Nuggets point guard Nate Robinson and former Oregon State University basketball player Jimmie Haywood.[4]

See also

  • National Basketball Association portal