Give and Go: Tony Wroten vs. James Anderson

Give and Go: Tony Wroten vs. James Anderson

3 in the Key: Will the real Sixers please stand up?

November 17, 2013, 11:00 am
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Tony Wroten, left, and James Anderson, right, both signed with the Sixers this past offseason. (AP)

Each week we'll ask three questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball junkies and see what they have to say.

Running the Give and Go this week are reporter John Finger, columnist John Gonzalez and CSN producer Sean Kane.

We've already taken a look at the keys to the Sixers' road trip (see story), so let's get familiar with a pair of new 76ers:

Which offseason acquisition has been more valuable: James Anderson or Tony Wroten?

Finger: Wroten, without question. Not only is Wroten signed through next season, he is exactly the type of bench player teams need. A combo guard with good size, Wroten could probably defend against a small three and on offense he'll hit a three-pointer and get to the rim. Plus, he's instant energy off the bench. Remember when Young went from sixth man to starter and how that sent the team's bench production into disarray? Yes, sometimes a bench guy is much more important than a starter.

Gonzalez: It's Wroten. Look at what he's done compared to Anderson. Wroten averages more points, rebounds and assists than Anderson, and his player efficiency rating is higher. He also knocks down approximately the same number of threes per game as Anderson. And all that despite playing about 10 fewer minutes per game. I'm not sure either of them are "valuable" in a long-term context, but so far Wroten has been the better addition.

Kane: Both have gone above and beyond expectations to this point, but I'll give the nod to Wroten. His skills have never been in question. Wroten was one of the top high school guards in the country when he committed to play at the University of Washington. He had one outstanding year in college before becoming a first-round pick of the Grizzlies in 2012. He didn't get the opportunity to play in Memphis, but he's getting it now. Wroten was the surprise of the preseason with the Sixers and is playing a big role in their regular-season success.

At just 20 years of age. Wroten has the size and athleticism to make an impact in the NBA. He can play both guard spots effectively and will only improve once he hones his outside stroke. Wroten should be a key part of Sam Hinkie's rebuilding plan.