March 8, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies guard Tony Wroten (14) reacts to a foul call during the second half against Oregon State Beavers during the quarter finals of the 2012 Pac 12 Tournament at the Staples Center. Oregon State won 86-84. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Wroten Is Compared to Who?

Tony Wroten Jr. is labeled as an enigma by many, not only on the court but off. He has been called a “showboat”, “head-case”, “selfish”, and many other such names by his critics. His fans have used words like; “impressive”, “powerful”, “personable”, “charming”, and other similar adjectives. This has always been a debate since he set foot on the campus.

However, what isn’t debated is that Wroten has an extreme amount of talent. He is strong, athletic, and can find his way to the hole. He has decided that with his talent and mindset that he is ready for the NBA and about a month ago decided to enter his name into the draft.

He said he was projected between the picks of 5-25. This is a huge range! Many of you are probably thinking, if the committee is giving out that big of ranges, where do I submit my resume?

I think that this extreme range is partly due to the fact that he isn’t like any other player in the NBA. Or is he? Jeff Goodman tweeted yesterday this message:

I started to think about it, and mind you I don’t watch a ton of NBA especially once the Sonics were stolen, but I also couldn’t come up with a clear-cut example of who Wroten plays like. Therefore, I did some digging.

Draft Express says he plays similar on offense to Tyreke Evans:

He’s a very ball dominant player who sees the majority of his looks in isolations or pick-and-rolls, being aTyreke Evans-esqe force at times lowering his shoulder and barreling his way into the lane.

In the forums, a commenter questions if Wroten’s skill set is more similar to John Wall:

After seeing today’s Washington game I’m convinced that Wroten is a better passer than tyreke [evans] and I would say a more “willing” passer as well, with all this tyreke/wroten comparison, I was thinking to myself what other player is there at that size with similar skill set?

John Wall?

The TrailBlazers SB Nation site had a discussion on drafting Wroten and someone brought up a comparison to Rajon Rondo:

Rondo. Wroten has the tools to be the next Rondo, and truthfully he has the court vision, the question is, once in the NBA can he learn to make the easy pass, instead of the highlight one.

Obviously, these last two are not from experts but from fans. However, fans are more willing to offer their opinions on the comparison game than many experts are at this point. Goodman received replies to that tweet from fans saying: John Wall, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shupert, Antonio Daniels, and a left-handed JR Rider.

No one seems to have a grasp on who plays like Wroten. He seems to have his own unique style and/or holes in his game that many point guards don’t have. However, if you had to nail it down to one player, who do you think Wroten plays most like?

What do you think?

Who would you compare Tony Wroten to at the NBA level?

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  • Elliot Fein

    If Wroten is smart, he is shooting as many mid range and 3-point jump shots per day as his arm strength allows.  When his is not on a basketball court, he is dribbling a basketball with his weader right arm.  He needs to follow the same recipe of success as Oscar Robwertson, Jerry West, Magic and other all time greats. 

  • GS

    I don’t think he’s anything like Rondo, other than both have good vision and neither has a jump shot. On the pro side, Wroten is much bigger and stronger, is a great rebounder, and has a good post-up game. On the con side, Rondo is a much better floor general, reads the passing lanes better (Wroten’s steals are usually in 1-on-1 situations) and is probably a bit quicker (as opposed to faster) with the ball.

    IMO, one of the biggest misconceptions about Tony is that he’s a natural PG. He does have excellent passing skills – he sees plays and players, and can deliver the ball with great speed and decent accuracy – but he doesn’t use them very often.

    In my understanding, a “pure” PG has to be, as they say, “an extension of the coach on the floor”: run the plays, guide the other players, put them in a position to succeed, control the pace, etc. Rondo does exactly that, most of the time (Kidd and Paul are excellent examples as well). Tony simply doesn’t fit that bill: he’s impatient, loses focus, tends to get tunnel vision too often, and doesn’t have a calming influence on the team. You could see that very clearly this season whenever he was the main ball handler and Gaddy was on the bench.

    Don’t get me wrong: Tyreke Evans is a lot like that too, and he had a terrific rookie season. But just like Evans, Tony isn’t a natural PG, and will need the right situation to succeed. He’ll also need to make big improvements on his weaknesses (focus, jump shot, team D) if he wants to really make it in the league.

  • BAller

    Showboat?  Headcase?  How bout unadulterated asshole

  • BowDown2W

    To me I’ve always seen a young version of Gary Payton when I watch him. Not necessarily the polished vet GP but the young/ no jumper/ quick/ good court vision/ put your head down & get to the hoop version of GP in his college and early Sonic years. His D is not on the same level but I could see him developing a better J and playing alot like Payton later in his pro career. To me it’s kind of a no brainer