Wroten's roster spot will be taken by Ish Smith, who was acquired from New Orleans on Thursday in exchange for a pair of future second-round draft picks. After making his season debut earlier in December following an ACL tear suffered 11 months ago, Wroten had looked like a shell of himself in his first eight games with Philadelphia, averaging 8.4 points on 33.8 percent shooting to go with a wretched 2.5:3.6 assist-to-turnover ratio across 18 minutes. The fourth-year guard has never been particularly efficient as a scorer or distributor even in previous seasons when not coming off a major injury, but there's a chance a team could pick him up and utilize him in an off-the-ball reserve role.
Both Wroten and Kendall Marshall continue to sit out one half of back-to-back sets following their recent returns from ACL tears, and after Marshall rested in Tuesday's loss to the Grizzlies, it'll be Wroten's turn to take the day off Wednesday. Wroten reportedly entered Tuesday's game with a 25-minute restriction, but he ended up starting and played a season-high 29 minutes. He wasn't able to deliver much impressive production with the added playing time, however, finishing with only seven points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 3-8 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, and five turnovers. In his first eight games back from the injury, Wroten is shooting just 33.8 percent from the field and is averaging 3.6 turnovers and 2.5 assists in only 18 minutes per contest, numbers that won't help his case in eventually claiming the top spot on the depth chart at point guard.
Tony Wroten will start Tuesday's game against the Grizzlies, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Ronald Tillery, Wroten will have his playing time restriction bumped up to 25 minutes.
Wroten will get the start with Kendall Marshall (rest) being held out of the first half of a back-to-back set. Both Marshall and Wroten made their season debuts earlier in December following 11-month rehab processes from torn ACL, and for the time being, it sounds like both will receive alternate rest days during back-to-back scenarios, meaning that Wroten will be held out of Wednesday's tilt with the Bucks. That being said, Wroten does seem to be nearing the end of his restriction period, as he was previously limited to 20 minutes per game, but will see his playing time increase Tuesday.
Tony Wroten went for 12 points (4-10 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and two rebounds in 16 minutes during the Philadelphia 76ers ' 127-106 loss versus the Hawks on Wednesday.
Wroten came off the bench, and was facing a 20-minute-limit. However, he only saw 16 minutes in the 76ers' blowout loss while turning the ball over four times. He has looked rusty since returning to the lineup on Dec. 5, but he will likely have every opportunity to earn meaningful minutes once he returns to full health.
Tony Wroten will come off the bench during Wednesday's game against the Hawks, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey reports. He'll also be subjected to a 20-minute restriction, per Pompey.
The Philadelphia 76ers have rotated the starts at point guard between Wroten, T.J. McConnell, and Kendall Marshall over the last few games, but it appears coach Brett Brown has placed his support for the top spot on the depth chart behind Marshall for the time being, indicating that the job is "[Marshall's] to lose." Both Marshall and Wroten, who recently made their season debuts following 11-month rehab processes for their torn ACLs, will be held to 20 minutes, but after a few games, expect the restrictions to be lifted for both players. Once that happens, Marshall figures to eat up most of the playing time while Wroten likely settles for what's left over and McConnell remains mostly out of the mix.
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