Do the Sixers have to tank in order to rebuild?
From left to right: Forward Brandon Davies, guard Tony Wroten and guard James Anderson. (USA Today Images)
They’ve scored points, grabbed rebounds, handed out assists and played defense. Well, maybe not that much defense.
The Sixers have gotten off to a surprising 5-4 start, and it hasn’t been all on the backs of the team’s familiar names. While Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and rookie Michael Carter-Williams have certainly played at a high level so far, the Sixers’ lesser-known names have more than done their part.
But exactly who are these guys?
Let’s take a closer look at the Sixers’ unheralded crop of newcomers:
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: First round in 2010 (20th overall pick) by San Antonio
Previous teams: Spurs and Rockets
2013-14 averages: 10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 33.6 mpg
Fun fact: Anderson has always been a scorer. He notched 29 points in his very first collegiate game and averaged 17.9 a matchup for his collegiate career. He also averaged 38 points a contest during his senior year of high school.
Drafted: First round in 2012 (25th overall pick) by Memphis
Previous teams: Grizzlies
2013-14 averages: 11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 23.4 mpg
Fun fact: Wroten comes from an athletic family. His father, Tony Sr., played football at Washington and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wroten’s mother Shirley ran track at Washington and Arizona State. His aunt, Joyce Walker, was a two-time All-American at LSU and played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Wroten is also the cousin of NBA guard Nate Robinson.
Drafted: Second round in 2011 (41st overall pick) by Los Angeles Lakers
Previous teams: Lakers
2013-14 averages: 5.7 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 rpg, 15.3 mpg
Fun fact: Morris was Michigan’s single-season assists leader with 235 in 35 games during the 2010-11 season until Trey Burke passed him with 260 in 39 games last season.
Drafted: First round in 2010 (29th overall pick) by Orlando
Previous teams: Magic and Thunder
2013-14 averages: 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 11.1 mpg
Fun fact: Orton won state titles in his freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school in Oklahoma before tearing his ACL during his senior season.
Previous teams: None
2013-14 averages: 2.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 9.9 mpg
Fun fact: You’ll likely know Davies for this incident while at BYU.
Previous teams: None
2013-14 averages: 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 8.5 mpg
Fun fact: Thompson set a Georgetown record by shooting 44 percent from three-point range in three seasons.