Wroten, Turner show aggression vs. Bilbao

Wroten, Turner show aggression vs. Bilbao
October 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Tony Wroten got 12 of his 16 bench points Sunday from the free-throw line. (AP)

Perusing the Sixers' box score of Sunday afternoon's 106-104 preseason win over Bilbao Basket (see story), a couple of numbers jumped out.

First, the Sixers attempted 46 free throws to Bilbao's 32, and Evan Turner and Tony Wroten were responsible for 24 of them. Each player made 10 of 12 attempts.
 
Just for perspective, the Sixers a year ago averaged 16.8 free throw attempts per game, second fewest in the NBA. The Lakers averaged the most with 27.9. While it's unlikely that Turner and Wroten can get to the foul line regularly for 12 attempts each per game, it's an indication that they were attacking the rim and playing with aggression.
 
Turner led five players in double figures with 25 points. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams converted just one field goal but added six assists and committed zero turnovers in 23 minutes of work.
 
Leading up to their trip to Europe, there was a lot of concern about the team’s inability to make outside shots. Sunday, Brett Brown’s young roster hit on 8 of 20 three-point attempts and shot 44 percent overall.
 
Neither Khaliff Wyatt nor Lavoy Allen saw any time in the game.
 
The Sixers travel to Manchester, England to play Oklahoma City in their second preseason game Tuesday before returning home.