The NBA landscape has changed a bit following last Thursday’s trade deadline moves, and as always, fantasy owners have felt the effects.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Tony Wroten has suddenly found himself in a position to succeed, becoming a must-own player in nearly all fantasy basketball formats.
Tony Wroten, PG/SG, Philadelphia 76ers (10.1 percent owned on ESPN.com):
Tony Wroten has been quietly effective for fantasy owners this season. The second-year pro is putting together a fine 2013-14 campaign, averaging 13.0 points, 2.9 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.0 steals per game. He’s been used mainly of the bench in coach Brett Brown’s offense, but that’s about to change — and fantasy owners are going to reap the benefits.
Sixers’ starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams is having a phenomenal rookie season, but has proved to be a little injury prone. Even though Wroten has taken a backseat to MCW most of the year, he’s taken full advantage of every opportunity given to him when the Sixers’ first round pick sits out.
Wroten flourished in the starting point guard role during the 12 games MCW sat out, averaging 18.4 points, 5.2 assists, 4.5 boards, 1.3 steals, and 0.9 3-pointers — and after Monday night’s game, owners should be running to the waiver wire to add the former Washington Husky.
You may be saying, “Carter-Williams played — and played well — scoring 20 points in 34 minutes. There was no news of any injury, so why would should I be jumping at the chance to acquire Wroten?”
The big news of the night was that while Michael-Carter Williams started for the Sixers, so did Tony Wroten.
Fantasy owners have been waiting for this to happen all season long. Since December, Brown has been talking up the possibility of starting Wroten alongside Carter-Williams, but never went through with it. With the Sixers’ offense completely depleted after trading away Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, that time has finally come.
Wroten scored 19 points (9-15 FG) with five assists and two steals in the Sixers’ 130-110 loss to the Bucks on Monday, and although the Sixers got blown out, there aren’t many options in Philly, and Wroten should stick in the starting five.
Philly is in tank mode and Wroten is signed for two more years, so it makes sense for Brown to give him as many minutes as possible. As long as you can stomach the poor percentages (42% FG, 22.9% 3PT, 62.3% FT), the Sixers’ “brand new” shooting guard is an excellent waiver-wire add in all fantasy basketball leagues of 12 teams or more.