The New York Knicks may have lost a spot in the coming NBA playoffs but they are still looking for a bright future and the start the rebuilding process after signing point guard Tony Wroten.
The 22-year old Wroten, who was waived by Philadelphia 76ers in December of last year, signed a contract with the Knicks for the rest of the season and a partially guaranteed contract for next season as reported by CBS Sports. Details of the contract have yet to be announced by Knicks President Phil Jackson.
Wroten brings to the Knicks what Jackson has looked all this time a big point guard who can dictate the tempo in all ends of the floor. At 6-foot-6, Wroten would simply jive with Jackson’s triangle offense play as his size will definitely come as a reason.
During his stint with the 76ers before being waived, Wroten averages 8.4 points with 2.5 assists and 2.6 rebounds. He had his highs and lows in the NBA after being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2012 NBA Draft.
After the Grizzlies, Wroten was then traded to the 76ers the following season wherein he recorded his first triple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in their 123-117 overtime victory 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. He also marked his career high in a loss to the Utah Jazz, finishing the game with 30 points.
Wroten also nailed another career high after finishing 31 points in the 76ers loss to the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 7, 2014. Wroten then suffered a low in his career after suffering a partially torn ACL in his right knee.
His addition to the team will be of big help especially easing up with the aging Jose Calderon, who could not simply race down the court with other quicker guards. Jackson and the Knicks are making a low-risk gamble in signing Wroten but others see it as a sign of looking towards the team’s future.
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