Grizzlies’ Wroten Makes His Point

By Drew Packham,

The Grizzlies have a logjam at the point, so the team’s newest floor general is just trying to leave his mark in Las Vegas.

In his first action, first-round pick Tony Wroten made a nice case, doing a little bit of everything.

Wroten, whom Memphis took out of Washington with the 25th pick, looked impressive and in control, scoring 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists in the Grizzlies’ 93-77 win.

“He’s got talent, man,” said Josh Selby, who scored 20 points and is also competing for playing time in a backcourt that features starter Mike Conley and the recently acquired Jerryd Bayless. “Anybody that can score and handle the ball is dangerous and you saw that out there.”

Wroten proved he can both create his own shot, getting into the lane repeatedly, and also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

“He’s a confident player,” said Lloyd Pierce, Memphis’ Summer League coach. “He’s got a ton of ability. Today, it was just about playing. We put him out there and let him show us what he can do. He can pass the ball extremely well and he’s really good in the pick and roll and he showed it.”

Wroten will have a hard time breaking into the rotation, but his all-around game should help his case.

“He’s naturally a guy that’s comfortable with the ball in his hands,” Pierce said. “I think the best thing you can do for him is put the ball in his hands.”