Brett Brown: Tony Wroten 8-10 Days Away From Returning to Sixers Lineup
The 76ers oft-derided point guard play may be getting a boost soon.
Before the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, Sixers head coach Brett Brown told members of the media that point guard Tony Wroten was close to returning.
“Tony’s getting closer,” Brown said. “We expect you’ll see him in the next 8-10 days.”
Wroten was even more optimistic.
“I’ll be coming back real soon. It might be earlier than next week,” Wroten said. “I felt like it was never going to come. For it to be this close, less than a week away, it’s just exciting.”
Wroten underwent surgery last February to repair a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
“I’ve come a long way. I’m just ready to get out there and help my team,” Wroten continued.
The Sixers have started off the season without Wroten and Kendall Marshall, who is also working his way back from a torn ACL he suffered last year. That has left Brown with a point guard rotation of Isaiah Canaan, who the Sixers acquired from the Houston Rockets last season in the K.J. McDaniels trade, and T.J. McConnell, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Arizona.
Wroten averaged 16.9 points and 5.2 assists per game for the Sixers last season, which were both career highs. He started 15 games for last year’s team, where he averaged 18.3 points and 6.3 assists per game as the starter.
Wroten’s scoring should help the worst-ranked offense in the league, which scores just 93 points per 100 possessions.