Wroten succeeding in sixth-man role

Posted: November 13, 2013

In a perfect world, Tony Wroten would prefer to start.

A scorer by trade, he would love to get the green light and fire away from the opening tip. But with the 76ers' starting backcourt consisting of Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson, Wroten finds himself in a reserve role.

And the 20-year-old is just fine with that.

"Everybody wants to start," said Wroten, who scored 13 points Monday in a 109-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "But I love the role I'm in. I love being able to come off the bench and bringing energy, keeping the tempo up and do whatever it takes to help the team win."

The 6-foot-6 second-year guard is listed as the Sixers' sixth man. He was averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists heading into the game.

"I'm just getting into the rhythm more and more as the season is going on," said the second-year player, who was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in an offseason trade. "I'm getting to bond with the teammates."

Wroten averaged just 2.6 points and 1.2 assists last season while playing in 35 games. He also appeared in 11 games with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League.

"So this is really my first season on the court," said Wroten, who scored a career-high 18 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. "So I'm just getting the feel of things. I'm starting to come along."

Orton off the shelf

Daniel Orton was available to play against the Spurs but did not get into the game. The reserve center missed the previous two games with a right knee injury.

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